UK: Recruitment up in April

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A report from the Recruitment and employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG shows both permanent recruitment and numbers of vacancies increased in April, though at a reduced rate when compared to March 2010. At the same time, the number of temporary/contract vacancies saw the fastest rate of increase since January 2008.
According to Kevin Green, Chief Executive of the REC, the new government needs to encourage jobs growth and reduce expenditure without causing a public sector recession by slashing jobs in this sector. He added, “Private-sector employers have used short-time work, sabbaticals and pay freezes as a means of reducing costs while retaining high-performing staff. Innovative resourcing strategies will be equally crucial within the public sector.”
For KPMG, the head of business services warned that the recent positive trends in the employment market could be hit by the financial challenges which public sector employers are now faced with.

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