Secretarial Jobs Board

Recruitment dips as companies shed jobs

08/07/2008

Recruitment for permanent posts fell for the first time in five years, a new survey has revealed.

According to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG, recruitment for part time jobs has also reduced.

The Report on Jobs, found inflation on wages has accelerated and showed a strong rise in candidate availability.

"This is the first major sign that a slowing economy is starting to have an impact on jobs," said chief executive Kevin Green.

He noted the results were proof employers are "hesitating before making recruitment decisions".

The REC's analysis was drawn from original survey data from recruitment agencies across the country.

Mr Green said companies are likely to go to great lengths to retain the staff they have previously trained.

"It's also vital that jobseekers keep in mind that there are still numerous positions to fill and recruitment agencies will be working hard to search for the right talent to meet employers' needs," he added.

The report has coincided with the British Chambers of Commerce's claim that the UK economy is nearing recession.

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