As part of their ongoing role to represent the recruitment industry and millions of UK workers, the REC recently held a discussion with the government Employment Minister, Chris Grayling. The meeting was also attended by Intellect, who are the representative body for IT and technology employers in the UK.
The REC have continually lobbied and worked alongside the government to ensure employment legislation and red tape are manageable for UK business, recruiters and workers. This latest meeting focused on the ‘disconnect’ between the skills of jobseekers and the needs of employers.
As well as considering the important role the private sector recruitment industry in placing both temporary and permanent staff in roles with UK businesses, they also discussed the issue of public procurement. This is something that the government has worked on to improve the way they offer public sector contracts to SMEs and contractors.
Another point that was raised, in terms of the skills gap, was employers in areas including technology, who are already predicting skills shortages. Whilst this creates a challenge in the long term, which Intellect suggest can be addressed by helping to equip young people with the right skills, it also offers highly skilled contractors a greater opportunity short term, with their expertise highly in demand.
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