Public sector resourcing – REC counters weekend media on cost of agency staff in the NHS

Today’s Sunday Telegraph included a front page article on agency spend within the NHS. The REC responded by highlighting the need to look at the benefits that flexible staffing arrangements provide rather than seeing it as a budget line to be systematically eroded. “The ability to bring in specialist staff when there is a need – rather than increasing headcount – is a feature of cost-effective resourcing models in both the private and public sector. Recruitment agencies make this happen by sourcing, vetting and placing highly skilled flexible workers at short notice and on a 24/7 basis”.

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Report on Jobs: Permanent appointments and vacancies rise at solid rates in North of England, says regional director Keith Gallagher

The number of people placed in permanent jobs by North of England recruitment consultants continued to rise in February. Growth has now been sustained for seven months, and February’s increase was again stronger than the UK average. This was the key finding of the first-ever regional Report on Jobs for the North of England published today by the REC and KPMG.

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Report on Jobs: Increase in permanent positions and salaries in the Midlands must be celebrated, says regional director Paul Ross

Permanent placements at companies in the Midlands increased sharply in February. This was the strongest rise recorded in all four regions covered by the first ever regional Report on Jobs published today by the REC and KPMG, which cover the South of England, London, the Midlands and the North. The rise was also faster than that seen across the UK economy as a whole.

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