JobsOutlook Survey Increases again in March
Roger Tweedy, the Director of Research at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, said that “It is encouraging to see confidence levels continuing to rise despite economic uncertainties in the run-up to the forthcoming Budget and external factors such as unrest in the Middle East which is forcing up fuel prices. The latest feedback confirms that employers see temporary staffing as the most cost-effective way of building flexibility into their workforce while the economic climate remains volatile. Forthcoming regulations on agency work will not fundamentally impact on this flexibility. In terms of the bigger picture, we are now seeing the emergence of a twin track jobs market as the public sector cuts are now resulting in a noticeable dip in both the overall number of hours worked by public sector employees and their current pay rates. The Government must do everything possible to stimulate employment in the private sector to absorb public sector cuts. As a result, it is imperative that next week\’s Budget is a good one for jobs.”
Kevin Green, the Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), recently said that “Businesses around the country are anxiously awaiting this year\’s Budget, which must do all it can to create an environment where companies find it easy to grow and create jobs. While we have seen some good progress in the last year on the action points in the REC Manifesto, there is still much to do. Recruiters and businesses of all sizes are now looking for tangible signs that the Government is delivering its promised pro-enterprise, pro-growth agenda. Our members report that many private sector employers are hoping to take on additional staff, but the Government must take action to support this job creation. Initiatives such as avoiding tax increases on business, including the planned NICs increase, stimulating direct employment of young people via a National Insurance holiday for SMEs, and avoiding further gold plating of the Agency Worker Regulations will help deliver on the Government\’s promises, and set the scene for a strong private sector-led recovery.”
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