Recruiters confident about gradual recovery of labour market, reports REC

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) released a statement today indicating that, in its opinion, there were more positive signs emerging of the UK labour market’s recovery from the recession.

The REC’s Office Professionals sector held its second meeting of the year recently, bringing together a wide variety of different recruitment agencies, where the state of the labour market was discussed. Other items on the agenda included new regulations that were to affect recruitment agencies including the Agency Workers Regulations.

Jo Edwards, chair of the REC Office Professionals, said about the outcome of the discussions, “Recruiters in the Office Professionals sector group provide key office workers into all sectors of the economy. Our members are therefore fully exposed to the UK labour market and the meeting provided an excellent opportunity to take a temperature check on member confidence in the economic outlook.”

She went on to add that the consensus coming from members was of “cautious optimism” with regards to the labour market, as employers were said to be less hesitant to take on more staff.

British Chambers of Commerce director General, David Frost, had said recently that unemployment had not reached the levels they’d expected as businesses have held on to labour.

As economies around the world and the euro zone struggle, the fact that the UK’s labour market was still in decent stead, considering the economic woes, is giving employers more confidence to sustain jobs and maybe instill higher staffing levels in the near future.