Latest unemployment figures - REC response
The latest ONS unemployment figures published today have revealed that there are now 2.45 million people out of work, a 20,000 drop in the three months until August. This represents a 0.1 per cent drop on the quarter while at the same time, the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance rose by 5,300 to 1.47 million.
Commenting on the latest figures, Kevin Green, the REC’s Chief Executive, said:
"The ONS figures tally with our latest Report on Jobs which shows that the jobs market is starting to flatline with the growth in job placements at its slowest rate for a year. This 'deceleration' raises real concerns - especially in light of expected cuts in the public sector following the Chancellor's Comprehensive Spending Review next week.
"The focus must be on incentivising private sector employers to take on more staff and improving the support given to the worst hit groups, such as the near million young job-seekers. Those currently out of work must explore every option, including temporary assignments which can provide a vital stepping stone into full employment.“The REC's JobsOutlook data shows a marked increase in the number of employers looking to maintain or increase their use of flexible staffing. It is now more important than ever to ensure that complex new EU rules on agency work are implemented in a way that does not jeopardise these opportunities."