Articles from Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)

REC welcomes business rate discount for employment businesses but warns against continuing to charge apprenticeship levy on furloughed workers

Time to protect jobs The government has confirmed that employment businesses are eligible to apply for the business rates retail discount. Recruiters are eligible for the scheme, whether their office is now closed or not.

Many good businesses at risk of insolvency unless access to finance is sped up – REC tells government

@RECPress - Many good businesses at risk of insolvency unless access to finance is sped up – @RECNeil tells government, organisations with weekly payrolls are especially struggling due to #Coronavirus The government must speed up the availability of financial support for businesses or hundreds risk becoming insolvent, damaging the jobs market’s ability to recover, according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

REC welcomes delay to IR35 tax changes, but warns more needs to be done to support businesses and workers through the COVID-19 crisis

REC welcomes delay to IR35 tax changes, but warns more needs to be done to support businesses and workers through the COVID-19 crisis

Recruitment industry welcomes latest #Coronavirus package from Chancellor, but more needs to be done

According to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation @RECmembers the Government must urgently enhance support for businesses to get them through the COVID-19 crisis. The REC is calling on the Government to act swiftly and build on the support package announced in last week’s budget and in today’s press conference.

British businesses need temporary visa route to secure skills

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) today published its recommendations to government on immigration policy post #Brexit. Instead of the government’s recommended £30,000, the MAC is proposing a lower income threshold of £25,600, below which a person cannot move to the UK for work.

Planned ‘low-skilled’ immigration restrictions threaten economic growth and public services

Today’s labour market statistics raise big questions over the government’s plans to end ‘low-skilled’ migration to the UK, announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel yesterday.

Recruitment activity picks up at the end of 2019

The latest KPMG and REC, UK Report on Jobs showed that hiring conditions improved at the end of 2019. Permanent staff appointments rose for the first time in a year, while temp billings growth picked up from November. According to panellists, some firms had approved new hires following a long period of delayed decision-making and rising business requirements. However, rates of expansion were notably weaker than seen on average over the survey history.

Uncertainty before the election took its toll as job vacancies drop to 27-month low

The UK jobs market remained stable in the three months to October despite political deadlock the announcement of the December election. The employment rate grew slightly by 0.4% compared with the same period last year and total employment now stands at 76.2%, 0.4% higher than last year, according to new figures from the ONS. The unemployment rate stands at 3.8%, 0.3% lower than the same period last year.

Our flexible labour market is a national success story that the next government must protect

British workers reject 9-5 as the way to make a living More people are rejecting the traditional 9-5 working pattern in favour of greater flexibility* to get ahead in their careers and enjoy a better work-life balance.

Jobs market stable despite uncertainty and #Brexit turmoil

ONS labour market statistics: jobs market stable despite uncertainty and Brexit turmoil The UK jobs market remained stable in the three months to September with the employment rate down by just 0.1% compared to the previous quarter. Total employment now stands at 76.0%, 0.5% higher than last year, according to new figures from the ONS. The unemployment rate decreased slightly from 3.9% last quarter to 3.8%.

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