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Recruitment bodies urge government to be decisive

ADJUSTMENTS: Houses of Parliament

RECRUITMENT CHIEFS have urged a swift resolution to the uncertainty hanging over the UK after the inconclusive election result.

According to Recruiter, leaders of trade bodies the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) called for an agreement to be reached quickly on who would form the next government.

REC CEO Kevin Green said: “Uncertainty creates a vacuum so we urge the politicians to reach an agreement quickly and to prioritise prosperity and jobs.”

APSCo operations director Samantha Hurley added: “It is unfortunate that this result does not offer the level of stability that the UK desperately needs.

“The impact of this result on both the permanent and flexible labour markets has the potential to be significant.”

Adrian Marlowe, chairman of the Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC), called for flexible work to be on the agenda, urging the government to “create an environment that is attractive to both internal and external investors. One of the conditions for that will be suitable flexibility in the workforce”.

He added: “As debate about future direction evolves, there is an opportunity to influence the new government. The Taylor Review is due to report this summer, and its outcome is likely to bear strongly on our sector. To help ensure that the recruitment industry is not side-lined there needs to be unity behind a single, strong voice that calls for a modern and progressive vision for labour relations.”

“The UK has labour, skill and talent shortages and the evidence points to the situation getting worse before it gets better.

“Recruiters are jobs market experts, and we will urge policy-makers to collaborate with the REC and our members to build the best jobs market in the world,” he added.

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