REC responds to pre-referendum fall in unemployment
Commenting on today's publication of labour market statistics by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s director of policy, Tom Hadley, says:
"Today's ONS data shows that unemployment dropped to 4.9 per cent before the referendum, underlining the strength of the UK labour market but also the difficulty employers face in attracting and hiring candidates due to a shrinking talent pool.
"Employers across the economy are struggling to deal with significant candidate shortages, in sectors such as engineering and technology as well as in public sector roles such as nursing and teaching. This challenge remains regardless of the vote to leave the EU. Our members tell us that clients continue to need more resource in order to meet demand, be that permanent or temporary staff.
"Policy-makers must provide clarity as soon as possible on the status of EU workers already in the UK, and ensure that employers can continue to access the people they need from Europe to fill the jobs available and safeguard sustainable economic and business success."