As the latest Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) Jobs Outlook results are released, the organisation has praised contractors and freelance workers, stating that they provide “crucial services” to cover seasonal demand.

Chief executive of REC, Kevin Green stated: “Whilst many of us have downed tools, thousand of key workers and recruitment professionals are hard at work. Temporary, contract and locum staff as well as interim managers provide crucial front line services and keep Britain working over Christmas. At the same time, recruitment professionals play a pivotal role in responding quickly and efficiently to the demand for often highly-skilled staff in sectors such as healthcare, transport, care, logistics and technology.”

The December Jobs Outlook showed that 22% of employers believe that business is improving. This is a staggering 21% increase since September.

Roger Tweedy, REC’s director of research said: “”At last there is evidence that life is returning to the UK’s labour market. After several months of uncertainty it seems that firms are becoming more confident about their future hiring intentions. Although if previous recessions are anything to go by we would expect unemployment to continue to rise even after the economy returns to growth, this report shows positive signs that unemployment will not be as high as people at the beginning of the year predicted.”

He concluded: “Whilst the labour market is still very fragile, the feedback from recruiters on the frontline of the labour market suggests that it is becoming easier to place jobseekers into work. As the labour market becomes more fluid once more this in turn will create more vacancies”.

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