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Osborne should deliver a 'Budget for jobs', say REC

Published: Monday, 21 March 2011   Category: All Graduate job news

An organisation which represents the interests of private companies in the United Kingdom has called on the chancellor of the exchequer to deliver a "Budget for jobs" later this week, while recommending the creation of more graduate internships.

George Osborne will present his Budget to parliament on Wednesday (March 23th) and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has announced it should be utilised to fuel job growth, especially in the north-west of England.

Keith Gallagher, the REC's regional director for the north-west, said that young people are particularly suffering in the area and called for more graduate internships to be created.

"One encouraging sign has been the fall in number of people claiming unemployment benefit in the region. However, the current overall jobless figures confirm that the private sector is some way off being able to absorb public sector job cuts," he said.

"In particular, we need to see some evidence that the government is making unemployment among the burgeoning numbers of young people a priority by better harnessing the contribution of employers through apprenticeships, internships and other initiatives."

The Budget will be presented to parliament at 12.30pm.

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