Despite the current tough economic climate, the latest Office for National Statistics figures have shown that unemployment fell by 51,000 in the three months to April. This put the overall level of unemployment at 2.61 million people, a rate of 8.2%.
Although some sectors have been struggling with job availability, many reports suggested that the IT sector was one of those making up for poor performances elsewhere. And whilst both the temporary and permanent job markets have faced the tough conditions, the ONS believe that the unemployment level was “showing some improvement.”
ICS reported last month that contractors had found competition in the temporary and contract market become much tougher over the last decade, and whilst it has been this market that has previously made up for a struggling permanent jobs market, the ONS said that it was the opposite this time around.
The REC’s CEO Kevin Green again stated the need to be cautious, and whilst he said that these figures were “absolutely good news” he suggested that the fall this month was nothing more than a dip. He also spoke about the role of contractors and advantages of part time roles, saying;
“It’s good to see growth in part-time work and self-employment. Flexible working is a definite trend for the UK labour market going forward as more people look for different ways to work that suit their lives.” Mr Green finished by saying that more support and advice is needed to help people re-enter the jobs market perhaps through part time roles, as this could be vital in stimulating the UK economy.
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