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Budget 'should protect jobs'

Published: Wednesday, 12 March 2008   Category: Life after graduation

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has said that today's budget must prioritise job creation and competitiveness in the workplace.

A fall in permanent staff appointments for the first time since May 2003 was recorded, according to the latest REC report published this month, although demand for staff was still seen to be strong and there was a surge in vacancies for temporary workers.

Commenting on the issues, the REC's director of external relations, Tom Hadley said: "This is no time to be imposing further tax increases affecting business and measures to stimulate growth and encourage entrepreneurship are needed at this crucial junction."

He went on to say that employers are still reporting staff shortages in various key sectors, which is why the industry will be "closely monitoring" action taken to improve skills and "boost the pool" of potential employees.

REC is the trade body that supports and represents the recruitment industry.


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