Kevin Green, CEO of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, sends out a newsflash following the publication of September's Report on Jobs.
Paul Thompson, Voyager's Sales Director comments, “It was nice to see the RECs Kevin Green comments in the press release below. Here at Voyager we noted evidence of increased Recruiter confidence in late May and commented on a 4 month upward trend last month. It's great to see that the REC follow our belief that things are looking better for Autumn and beyond ”
A message from Kevin Green - First signs of recovery in jobs market
I wanted to provide you with a heads up in terms of some 'hot off the press' labour market data which gives the first positive signs of recovery in the jobs market.
September's Report on Jobs, which is published each month by the REC and KPMG, shows increases in both permanent and temporary staff appointments, with:
• The first growth for 17 months in permanent placements;
• The first rise in temp billings since July last year;
• Increased demand for staff in most sectors compared to this time last year.
We are being cautious in terms of how we position this data as market conditions will continue to be extremely difficult and any increase in demand is likely to remain volatile. However, the positive findings in our Report on Jobs are in keeping with other key surveys issued this week including one from the National Institute for Economic and Social Research.
As well as being 'hot off the press', the REC Report on Jobs data has been 'hot in the press' with coverage in The Times, Telegraph, FT, Independent, Daily Express and the Daily Mail. Report on Jobs was one of the headline stories on BBC Breakfast and we have taken forward the industry line in interviews for ITN and Sky News as well as for BBC lunchtime and evening news, the Radio 4 Today programme and Radio 5 Live.
In addition to positioning the REC as a major voice on employment issues, this month's media coverage has provided an opportunity for pushing our line on key policy issues for the industry such as the Agency Workers Directive. Coverage has continued today with over 60 'hits' in the key regional print and broadcast media and the REC Report was specifically commented on by Chancellor Alistair Darling in this morning's editions of Metro (the free 'commuter' paper).
The generation of regular and authoritative data will continue to build the industry's voice and our research agenda has been further boosted by the launch of 'Jobs Outlook' which focuses on future trends and hiring intentions. Our aim is to ensure that the increasing media profile results in tangible benefits for members in terms of enhanced awareness of the REC brand amongst clients.