Unemployment figures are good news but we need to be cautious - REC
Commenting on the latest figures on unemployment in the UK released by the Office for National Statistics today, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation's CEO Kevin Green says:
“Today’s figures are absolutely good news – but we need to be cautious. Our data shows that while the labour market is still growing, growth is slowing down and ultimately things are likely to get worse before we see them get consistently better.
“It’s good to see growth in part-time work and self-employment. Flexible working is a definite trend for the UK labour market going forward as more people look for different ways to work that suit their lives.
“What’s really lacking is quality advice and support for people who are looking to re-enter the labour market, such as people with disabilities, mothers returning to work and young people. In this competitive environment, jobseekers looking to re-engage with the workforce need proper advice and guidance and Jobcentre Plus isn’t providing that.
“Despite the dip this month, the number of young people out of work is still worrying, especially as we’re about to see more school leavers and graduates entering the labour market in the next few months.”
Notes to editors
- The REC’s Flexible Work Commission will be publishing a report in the autumn which will focus on flexible working options for employers and workers in more detail.