With latest ONS figures showing the employment rate was at a joint record high during November-January, the REC has said the government must take bolder action to protect jobs and businesses.
The feedback from recruitment professionals is that the Coronavirus epidemic is already having a significant impact on the jobs market.
Tom Hadley, Director of Policy and Campaigns at the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), said, commented, “With the coronavirus situation changing every day, it’s essential for businesses and government to be looking forward, rather than backwards at these obsolete figures. Four in five recruiters expect the outbreak to have an adverse impact on hiring in the short term, and we are likely to see the greatest impact in sectors like hospitality, retail and the creative industries. However, the health, social care and logistics sectors have been looking for even more staff in the past few weeks. Recruiters and temporary agency workers have a vital role to play if employers are to keep up with demand.”