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Employment market ‘beginning to improve’


UK employers are beginning to take on more skilled workers as the country prepares to move out of recession, according to one expert.

Kevin Green, chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), said that what is happening in the recruitment sector provides an insight to the UK labour market.

He pointed to recent figures released by the Office for National Statistics, which showed that the rate of decline in the labour market has slowed in the third quarter of 2009.

“We’re just starting to see growth in vacancies and placements in both temporary and permanent positions. I wouldn’t say there were huge volumes coming through but it is certainly slightly better,” Mr Green said.

The expert added that employers are beginning to make positive decisions and considering “lifting the recruitment freeze”, which will lead to them taking on more staff and thinking about how they can attract strategic buyers.

 

Author: Chris Slay

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