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UK — REC calls on Chancellor to protect delicate jobs market

22 June 2010

Ahead of today's Emergency Budget, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has called on Chancellor (Finance Minister) George Osborne to protect the UK's fragile labour market by prioritising job creation and limiting the impact on employment opportunities on the public sector.

Commenting on the implications of today's Budget, Tom Hadley, the REC's Director of External Relations, said "the stakes are high for the UK's already delicate jobs market. In the short-term, expenditure cuts will not only impact on employment in the public sector but will also affect all those supplying services into public bodies. In the longer-term, cuts to initiatives such as the Future Jobs Fund could impact on our ability to help the next generation of workers get into employment."

"The Government will need to deliver cost-effective guidance and support for job-seekers, for example, by harnessing the expertise of professional recruiters and employers."

The Chancellor is also expected to deliver some positive news with regards to job creation incentives for employers. Commenting on this, Hadley concludes "we have consistently called for more incentives from the government to help businesses, especially those just starting up, to create jobs. These include measures such as waiving National Insurance Contributions for new recruits in the first year of employment. With opportunities in the public sector likely to be limited, we need positive measures to kick-start job-creation on the private sector are urgently needed."



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