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REC Comment Ahead of ONS Figures

REC Comment Ahead of ONS Figures

Speaking ahead of the release of the latest labour market figures by the Office for National Statistics, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s chief executive Kevin Green says: “We have record levels of employment in this country and the jobs market has continued to improve in the last quarter of 2012. Doom and gloom merchants should focus on the positive rather than risk talking us back into recession.

“Our members report that employer demand is outstripping supply for workers with certain skills like IT, engineering, care work and sales. All our data suggests that employer confidence is genuinely bouncing back with businesses feeling more encouraged to hire, which bodes well for 2013.

“Other commentators are wrong to complain of the growth in levels of self-employment, temporary and part-time work.  Four out of five part-time workers choose to work that way because it suits their home life, studies or caring responsibilities. Hundreds of thousands of people temp out of choice and about a quarter of temporary workers end up being taken on as permanent members of staff. 

“The economy as a whole is still fragile but it’s the flexibility within our labour market, people at all levels of the workforce willing to take on temporary contracts, project work and part time roles that has meant we haven’t seen the levels of unemployment experienced on the continent.”

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