Job market positive despite unemployment figures rising

The British job market is still thriving, despite figures for quarter three suggesting that unemployment had risen.

According to statistics published by, in the three months leading up to September, the volume of unemployed British people grew by 5.2 per cent, to 2.62 million people.

However, this doesn’t mean that there are no jobs available, according to recruitment expert, Phil Sheridan. He stated: “These figures are not a necessarily a [sic] true reflection of what is happening in certain sectors or professions in the UK.

“There is movement in the job market and opportunities are available for those who display a strong commercial acumen, effective communication skills and solid technical aptitude,” he said, suggesting those looking for jobs in London or elsewhere in the UK still have a good shot at getting one.

What’s more, fellow recruitment specialist Carmen Watson gave her advice on what jobseekers need to do in order to fight off the competition. “Savvy job seekers who do their research…and create a polished persona to present to potential employers will give themselves a huge advantage,” she said.

Not everyone was so optimistic though, as the director general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), John Cridland, explained that the government needs to take action to tackle youth unemployment.

He believes the coalition needs to offer companies cash bonuses in order to employ people aged 16 – 24; in addition to building greater partnerships between schools and British businesses.

by Deborah Bates on November 17, 2011

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