UK – Professional hiring up by a fifth despite slowdown in economic growth
Professional recruitment firms now have 20% more vacancies on their books than this time last year, according to new survey data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo). This annual increase has been recorded despite reports that UK economic growth slowed to 0.3% in the three months to March 2015.
APSCo’s data coincides with the latest ONS figures, which show that the number of people in work has increased by 248,000 in the three months to February, driving UK employment to a record-high of 31.05 million.
When asked to comment, Clive Jefferys, the Managing Director of Telecoms Recruiter, JMA Network, simply said; “Well if it ain’t broke…don’t fix it! Politicians of all persuasions should take heed of this benign employment climate and resist the temptation to start meddling with economic policy.”