The REC today responded to the publication of the Health and Social care bill, arguing that flexible staffing arrangements will play a key role in successfully managing reforms.
The latest figures published today by the Office for National Statistics have shown a rise in the number of people now out of work which has increased by 49,000 to 2.5 million in the three months to November last year.
Employers intend to grow their permanent workforce in 2011 but are starting the year on a cautious note, according to the REC's latest JobsOutlook. However, there are some encouraging signs, particularly with regards to the increasing demand for temporary staff.
The REC's construction group has announced its commitment to work in partnership with contractors to devise and promote apprenticeship schemes in the sector.
Following reports on the growth of the manufacturing industry in the UK, the REC’s industrial group has called for the sector’s recovery to be reinforced by helping companies retain valuable talent.
The Government announced today its intention to scrap the Default Retirement Age (DRA) of 65. The aim is to give people a greater choice on when they stop working. The REC has responded by underlining the key role that recruiters can play in helping older workers access new opportunities.
The new Report on Jobs published today by the REC and KPMG shows permanent staff placements and temporary staff billings both continued to rise in December, but the rates of growth were slightly weaker than the three-month highs recorded in November.
Following a call yesterday by UCATT for a Government review of payroll companies in the construction sector, the REC has emphasised the need to strike a balance between stopping false self-employment and ensuring that the UK construction industry retains its flexible workforce.