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Cuts Watch #175: Cuts Hitting Recruitment

05 Aug 2010, by in Cuts Watch, Labour market

The latest Report on Jobs by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation reveals that the rate at which new jobs are being created has slowed down, providing “the first real indicator that cuts in the public sector are beginning to bite.” The REC (“the voice of the Recruitment Industry”) notes that demand for staff is still growing, but at a much slower pace, especially in nursing and medical care – a year ago the only sector with growing employment.

Kevin Green, the REC’s Chief Executive, called on the public sector “to avoid knee-jerk cuts to staffing levels.” KPMG, which sponsors the report, argued that “the sharp decline in the demand for healthcare professionals comes as a direct result of government cutbacks and cost reduction in the NHS, and is a sign of things to come as the public sector prepares for more spending cuts which are likely to impact the jobs market further.”

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