Kevin Green, the chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), has said he expects “ups and downs” in the British jobs market.
He made the comment in response to the body’s latest employment figures, which showed a slight dip in the number of Britons working in permanent jobs for the second month in a row.
Independent.co.uk cited Green’s thoughts. The executive also praised the UK for its resilience, stating: “The UK’s labour market deserves a gold medal for its incredible performance in the face of adversity so far this year. In the last few months, it has defied gravity as unemployment has fallen and jobs grew even while the economy slipped back into recession.”
Despite the drop in permanent placements, unemployment did actually fall in the three months leading up to May – meaning there’s hope for those seeking everything from sales roles to market research jobs. What’s more, Green confirmed that the number of job vacancies is growing; it’s just that employer confidence has taken a slight bashing.
This means companies are “taking longer” to make recruitment decisions, leading to lengthened recruitment processes, Bbc.co.uk reports.
A spokesman for KPMG, the firm that co-authors the data from the REC, wasn’t as positive as Green. Bernard Brown said there’s a “degree of uncertainty” still apparent throughout the UK, something which may affect future employment statistics.