By Marcus Leach

In a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has urged this month’s budget to be a ‘budget for jobs’ aimed at supporting employment growth throughout the UK.

The recommendations sent to the Chancellor focus on the REC Manifesto themes of creating the right economic climate, removing barriers to growth, and delivering opportunity and jobs.

Among the measures the Government should implement are a National Insurance holiday of at least one year for every additional young person employed by an SME; avoiding business tax rises, including scrapping the planned NICs increase; going further and faster on the planned lowering of Corporation Tax; smoothing implementation of the Agency Workers Regulations via sensible guidance and avoiding further gold plating; and promoting flexible work as a bridge into employment by removing barriers in the benefits system.

“Businesses around the country are anxiously awaiting this year's Budget, which must do all it can to create an environment where companies find it easy to grow and create jobs,” Kevin Green, the REC’s Chief Executive, said.

“While we have seen some good progress in the last year on the action points in the REC Manifesto, there is still much to do. Recruiters and businesses of all sizes are now looking for tangible signs that the Government is delivering its promised pro-enterprise, pro-growth agenda.

“Our members report that many private sector employers are hoping to take on additional staff, but the Government must take action to support this job creation. Initiatives such as avoiding tax increases on business, including the planned NICs increase, stimulating direct employment of young people via a National Insurance holiday for SMEs, and avoiding further gold plating of the Agency Worker Regulations will help deliver on the Government's promises, and set the scene for a strong private sector-led recovery.”