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Hays plc, the specialist recruiting group, today publishes its first Manifesto for Employment detailing the shortcomings it sees in Britain's jobs market and proposing a 9-point plan, which it believes any incoming Government should adopt.
Hays has undertaken a wide ranging review of the employment market in Britain, which concludes that Britain has been steadily losing its competitive position as a centre of employment.
- Commit to freezing and then reducing employers' National Insurance Contributions (NIC)
- Limit the impact of the European Union's Agency Workers Directive (AWD)
- Call a moratorium on new employment legislation
- Provide a first-class education system, which equips all school leavers with basic skills and a commercial understanding
- Realign further education with the strategic focus of the economy. Give the business community an advisory role in university course and curriculum provision
- Increase government funding for apprenticeships, raising their status with employers and improving uptake from school leavers wishing to pursue a vocational route into employment
- Introduce commercial disciplines and improve management in the public sector to cope effectively with imminent budget cuts and the likely significant scale of change required
- Reconfigure Jobcentre Plus to suit job seekers' needs
- Tie immigration quotas more closely to skill needs
"We look forward to seeing the elected Government make employment its number one priority as it sets out its policies."