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Grad jobs news: REC concerns over unemployment policy
Friday, 16 January 2009
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has voiced concerns over government proposals to reinvigorate the employment market.
REC director of external affairs Tom Hadley says the government's focus on the long-term unemployed, as announced by Gordon Brown at the Jobs Summit this week, risked avoiding the real issue of providing jobs for those who have been made redundant in recent weeks.
He proposed that if there is too much focus on getting the long-term unemployed back in to work, the government may lose sight of the fact that "the best cure is avoidance"- to make sure that people stay in the world of work.
Mr Hadley stated: "One of the practical suggestions that we have been making to the government is the role that flexible work - whether temporary work, contract work, or interim work - can play in helping people get back in to work very quickly.
He added that research shows it is easier to get work when you are already in a job - whether in a temporary capacity or not.
The Treasury is set to release hundreds of millions of pounds to help the long-term unemployed back into work.