Jobs Summit – Concrete measures urgently needed says REC
The REC has welcomed the coalition Government’s renewed focus tackling labour market issues following its ‘jobs summit’ with 19 top employers yesterday. With the UK jobs market remaining fragile, it is crucial to now see concrete action in order to boost job creation.
The REC is already working with Government to identify examples of unnecessary bureaucracy following recent discussions with the Employment Relations Minister Ed Davey. The REC has also underlined the need for concerted action aimed at specific target groups such as the one million young people not in work or education into jobs.
Commenting on the next steps for Government policy, Tom Hadley, the REC’s Director of Policy and Professional Services, said:
"Bringing together the UK’s top employers is a good starting point but we also need to harness the job creating potential of smaller businesses. Recruiters are also in a unique position to highlight current barriers. The REC is currently working with the Department for Business to streamline bureaucratic regulations that stifle job creation.
“As well as boosting demand from employers, Government needs to do more to build the pipeline of suitably skilled and motivated workers. More can also be done to harness the contribution of recruitment professionals to enhance guidance and support to jobseekers and to raise awareness of what employers across different sectors are looking for. This will form an important part of the REC’s work with Government over the coming year."