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'Govt should help firms retain as well as recruit'


'Govt should help firms retain as well as recruit'

The Federation of Private Businesses (FPB) has called on the government to do more to help firms retain as well as recruit employees.

Chief executive Phil Orford has welcomed the government's help to get the long-term unemployed trained for careers, although he stressed the need for a more sustained effort on their part.

Mr Orford says the government should establish a "central pillar" which supports firms in keeping their workers.

"Further, in protecting jobs and boosting recruitment, the government must ensure that its initiatives - including those designed to benefit employees - do not in themselves become new barriers to employment," he went on.

Mr Orford suggested a review of how Working Tax Credits are paid, although the FTB has remained critical of the proposed Statutory Redundancy Pay (Amendment) Bill, which would increase firms' statutory weekly payments.

The leader of the Trades Union Congress has suggested a different approach - Brendan Barber said that when it comes to executives' redundancy pay, it is the workers who should decide how much their bosses would receive.ADNFCR-1196-ID-19111868-ADNFCR

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