New figures have been unveiled by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) indicating that the jobs market in the UK is set to remain with poor growth for the rest of the year. Figures showed that temporary and permanent placements both fell in the past month, making it vital for companies needing skilled staff to use recruitment agencies so that the few positions that are available are filled with suitable employees.
The REC and KPMG said that permanent job positions dropped in June, which was the first fall for six months. The REC suggested that this could lead to rising levels of unemployment, with the current figure being 2.61 million people, or 8.2%, out of work.
Kevin Green, the chief executives of the REC, said: “The sharp drop in the number of people placed into work last month is really disappointing. A decrease in hiring activity means we could see a period of increased unemployment.” It is here that recruiters will be increasingly needed, helping to ensure that the correct placements are made for companies seeking experienced staff and for people wanting work.
The statistics were not altogether unexpected, with a number of experts having predicted that eurozone worries would continue to have a negative effect on UK business. Chris Grayling, the employment minister, expressed that he was disappointed at the drop in employment, adding that private sector investment and job promotion remained vital to ensure that further dips were not seen.