Employer confidence returning, says REC
Employer confidence is bouncing back in the UK, the
Recruitment and Employment Confederation's (REC) has
Last week the Office for National Statistics reported the
greatest quarterly fall in unemployment since 2001, suggesting
employers are gaining the confidence to hire once
Kevin Green, chief executive of the REC, noted that the UK
has reached record levels of employment and the jobs market has
continued to improve in the last quarter of 2012.
"Doom and gloom merchants should focus on the positive rather
than risk talking us back into recession," he urged.
Expanding on this point, Mr Green said it wrong to focus on
the growth of people in self-employment, temporary and part-time
"Four out of five part-time workers choose to work that way
because it suits their home life, studies or caring
responsibilities and roughly a quarter of temporary workers end up
being taken on as permanent members of staff," he
The REC chief said all its data points to employer confidence
"genuinely bouncing back" with businesses feeling more encouraged
This bodes well for 2013, Mr Green stated.
"In fact, our members report that employer demand is
outstripping supply for workers with certain skills like IT and
sales," he said.
Mr Green said the economy as a whole is "still
But it is the flexibility within the labour market, and
people at all levels of the workforce being willing to take on
temporary contracts, project work and part time roles, that means
the UK has not seen the levels of unemployment experienced on the
continent, he added.