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Jobs figures highlight contrast between UK and rest of Europe - REC

Commenting on the latest employment figures released by the Office for National Statistics today, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)’s chief executive Kevin Green says:
“Today’s figures are really good news. On a day where there are strikes across Europe because of rising unemployment, jobs figures in the UK are getting better and better. This continues the positive trend we’ve seen throughout the year and shows that employers are confident about the future by taking on more staff.
“We expect to see on-going growth in flexible working. There are opportunities across a whole range of jobs and sectors for interims and contractors, not just the low-paid or low-skilled ones that are often associated with temping.
“Employers often recruit temporary staff into permanent roles. Our data shows that in about 25 per cent of cases employers end up taking on temps as permanent employees. Most temps work that way out of choice, but even for those people who ultimately want a full-time permanent role, a temp or part-time job is a fantastic stepping stone to that.
“However, it is important that the government does not get complacent. Flexible working options are a core strength of our labour market and must not be stifled by over-regulation. There is still a lot of work to be done to help the long-term unemployed get back into work and to improve the process of getting youngsters into their first jobs.”

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