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Jobshop UK and Engage Executive Jobs annual seminar

CEO of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, Kevin Green, discussed market trends in the jobs market at the Jobshop UK and Engage Executive Jobs seminar on Friday 13th September.

Topics discussed by Green at the seminar included the recession. He emphasised that while there is now proof that we never had a double dip or triple dip recession, figures suggest that we had a much deeper recession than previously thought

The delegates, made up of local business professionals, also heard how GDP rose by 0.3% in the first quarter of 2013, and the predictors are that this will rise to 1.7% across the second half of the year. 

The growth has seen permanent vacancies grow at their sharpest rate for 6 years, temporary placements at their fastest rate in a staggering 15 years, and starting salaries at their strongest in 5 and a half years. 

Green also led discussion on social attitudes to work, including how more and more young people aspire to instant fame and becoming an entrepreneur thanks to the rise in reality TV programmes, such as & lsquo;Dragons Den,’ & lsquo;The Apprentice,’ & lsquo;X-Factor’ and & lsquo;I’m a Celebrity,’

He opened debate on the surrounding issues by posing the question, & lsquo;How do we address this attitude going forward for future generations, considering the skills shortages currently affecting our country?’

Attendees at the seminar, held in Bournemouth, also heard from the director of Jobshop UK & Engage Executive Jobs Director, Frances Miles. 

Miles spoke alongside Green to stress the importance of businesses using and fostering a close relationship with a great recruiter when looking at current and future recruitment plans. 

They stressed that a good recruiter will have an ear to the ground with up to date knowledge surrounding the current candidate marketplace on a UK wide and local basis as well as being able to add real value to organisations that are growing and looking to recruit by advising and guiding clients - particularly on the war for talent.

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