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Opinio Group comments on ONS report

Opinio Group calls on government to ease staffing burden on growing companies

Speaking about today’s ONS figures that show a fall of 18,000 in the number of unemployed people in the UK, Chris Smith, managing director at Opinio Group, said, “The announcement that the number of unemployed people in the UK has fallen again is good news at what it is a critical time for the UK economy.

“Whilst 2.49 million people are still out of work – and this is a sobering figure in itself – we welcome this further drop in unemployment. Coupled with a fall of 41,700 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in the June to August period, it’s clear to see that, finally, the economy is on the move again.

“What the government needs to do now is make it easier and quicker for growing companies to take on extra staff, whilst extending tax breaks for those that are doing just that. Businesses in the UK need to know that they can strive for profits without being penalised by a punitive tax system.

“The recovery will only be sustained if companies can hire extra staff quickly and without getting weighed down by the bureaucratic red tape that currently hampers them. We call on the government to streamline this process, so that further falls in unemployment are as impressive as this one.”

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