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REC: Recruitment services must be allowed to retain value

Tuesday 12 October 2010 by Gina Le Prevost

Recruitment programmes across the UK must be allowed to maintain the quality of their offerings in spite of public sector spending cuts, one industry organisation has claimed.

Director of policy and professional services at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) Tom Hadley said it is obvious efficiencies need to be made, but it is important that certain frontline provisions retain their value.

The move could affect those in finance jobs, with Mr Hadley highlighting procurement departments as one example where access to top talent is required.

He commented: "Being able to call upon suitably skilled and vetted staff - when there is a need - can be a great driver of efficiency."

According to the expert, the government needs to avoid "knee-jerk cuts" to personnel levels and agency budgets.

His comments followed recent statistics from the REC that showed demand for permanent and temporary workers in September increased, albeit at a slower rate than the previous month.