Secretarial Jobs Board

Jobs figures look "surprising"

15/02/2008

New data from the Office for National Statistics has surprised commentators after showing most jobs go to over-50s.

Its latest study of UK employment trends found over-50s have accounted for the majority of the recent employment rise, but showed most new jobs go to migrant workers, who are predominantly under 40.

Commenting on the figures, Dr Philpott of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), cleared up the confusion.

"In jargon terms, over 50s employment is rising because of increased job retention not increased hiring of older workers."

The ONS study found there were 667,400 job vacancies for the three months to December, an increase of 7,300 over the previous quarter and 72,000 more than the previous year.

Dr Philpott cautioned: "It remains to be seen which groups will fare best when the jobs market next enters tougher times."

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