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REC awards coalition government 5/10 in half-term report

REC awards coalition government 5/10 in half-term report

The coalition government receives a mark of just 5 out of ten in a half-term report tracking its progress on creating opportunities and jobs, published today by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

Ahead of next Wednesday’s Autumn Statement the REC has sent the Chancellor an assessment of the government’s track record on jobs and growth. Of the eighteen priority areas identified in the REC’s Manifesto in 2010 the government is judged to be on course for delivery in seven areas, making some progress in a further six but having made no progress or taken the wrong action in five others.

The report titled & lsquo;Creating opportunities and jobs: half-term report on government progress and recommendations for action’ also identifies key policy outcomes for the labour market and recruitment industry that the government must deliver in the second half of this parliament – such as creating a step change in HMRC enforcement of tax rules, improving SMEs’ access to public sector contracts and providing better support for young jobseekers through careers advice and apprenticeships.

REC chief executive Kevin Green says:

“David Cameron, George Osborne and their Ministerial colleagues have talked a good game but have not delivered in enough key areas. As we enter the second half of this parliament we are calling on the government to be brave, bold and confident.

“The need for an over-arching growth agenda is becoming more critical as the economy continues to bump along the bottom. The good news is that in many areas, the government has listened. Projects like reviewing the Conduct Regulations, simplifying CRB checks and creating fiscal incentives for employers to take on young people have the potential to improve our labour market. These are positive examples of government listening to the voice of recruitment and fostering real co-operation.

“But there are also a few areas where government policy is going in the wrong direction. The decision to cut back on careers advice and work experience in schools risks damaging the prospects of young people attempting to join the world of work. Immigration policy is moving in the wrong direction by not reflecting the evolving needs of our labour market and creating a potential barrier to UK competitiveness. The rhetoric on the benefits of the UK’s flexible labour market is not always reflected in government policy.

“Over the rest of this parliament we will be working closely with government departments on behalf of our members to drive further progress in these important policy areas.”

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