By Max Clarke

Amidst a host of seemingly worsening economic indicators, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) have found reason to be ‘cautiously optimistic’ about the UK labour market.

Whilst the office for National Statistics last month confirmed a rise in unemployment which the Confederation of British Industry anticipate will rise still further before it improves, recruiters have observed employers beginning to resume hiring, signalling a gradual return to health of the labour market.

Recruiters in the Office Professionals sector group provide key office workers into all sectors of the economy,” said Jo Edwards, Chair of REC Office Professionals and MD of Tate. “Our members are therefore fully exposed to the UK labour market and the meeting provided an excellent opportunity to take a temperature check on member confidence in the economic outlook.

“The consensus was one of cautious optimism as while the overall economy continues to falter, employers are becoming less hesitant about taking on staff, so we can be more upbeat about the gradual recovery of the labour market.”

Whilst employers are looking to boost headcount, significant obstacles to employment recovery exist- chief of which is the Agency Workers Regulations 2010, which will significantly impact the abilitity to take on temporary, contracted workers.

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