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Jobs debate hots up: REC gives recruitment industry perspective

Jobs debate hots up: REC gives recruitment industry perspective

 

With the latest employment figures out on Wednesday, the UK jobs market will once again be under the spotlight this week. Reports published today by the CIPD and the CBI will also fuel the debate on where the labour market is heading.

Providing the latest recruitment industry perspective, REC Chief Executive Kevin Green says: "Our latest Report on Jobs showed a decrease in demand for permanent jobs for the first time in over two years. However, we are still seeing strong demand in many sectors and it is important that we do not constantly talk our jobs market down. For example, over 50,000 permanent jobs are filled each month through recruitment agencies alone and over a million temporary and contract workers are on assignment in any given week. Our longer term outlook remains more upbeat and we have seen a small increase in the number of employers planning to recruit over the coming 12 months.”

Commenting on Wednesday's official jobs figures, Green concludes: “The big story is likely to be around youth employment hitting the one million mark.  We need action over the coming months to address this growing crisis.  One is for Government to boost demand for jobs by incentivising small businesses to take on young jobseekers through a national insurance holiday.  This is something the REC has been calling for since the publication of its Youth Employment Taskforce paper.

The other priority is to address the supply side and the current skills mismatch in our jobs market.  This is not just an area for Government action the business community can play a key role by working with schools and young peoples charities in order to raise awareness and aspirations.

The current focus on jobs will only intensify over the coming months.  Employment is set to be a major focus area in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement at the end of the month.  This will provide a real test of the government’s ability to create a genuine step change in how it helps businesses employ more people.”

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