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Following todays ONS unemployment figures, Robert Half provide their thoughts.

Following today’s ONS unemployment figures, Robert Half provide their thoughts.

Andy Dallas, associate director, Robert Half UK said:

“There are many positives to be taken from today’s announcement. Private sector employment continues to grow, with a welcomed slowdown in unemployment within the public sector – this is the first quarterly fall in unemployment since the three months to May 2011. The unemployment rate was 8.3 per cent of the economically active population, down 0.1 on the quarter. The report last week from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation also revealed that the number of job vacancies in March grew at its fastest rate for eight months – showing further signs that businesses are hiring.

“Interestingly, finance and business services were the only areas with bigger workforces than before the recession, according to reports from the Trades Union Congress. Modifications to banking regulations have prompted a surge of hiring within the areas of risk, compliance, financial control and change management.

“Employers are looking to recruit people who can & lsquo;hit the ground running’ and offer a return on investment. Candidates must make themselves as attractive as possible, showcasing their specialism and skills – presenting what they can offer over and above another candidate. Using a recruitment consultancy thatspecialisesin the industry or profession can also make a difference. These consultants will have deep networks within the industry and profession and will be able to offer a tailor made job search with the right employers. Job seekers must not be disheartened. Business confidence is on the rise, as tax changes announced in the Budget, reduction in business regulation and the Youth Contract continue to see employers hire staff.”


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