Recruitment industry committed to welfare, says REC
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has spoken of its commitment to the welfare reform bill.
Commenting after the Queen's speech, in which Her Majesty outlined measures designed to achieve an employment rate of 80 per cent of the population, director of external relations Tom Hadley said that this is "a new era of cooperation" between public and private sector employment professionals.
He pointed to the recent Memorandum of Understanding signed by the REC with Jobcentre Plus as indicative of this new collaborative spirit.
Mr Hadley added that while there is a risk that many people might approach agencies with "no real intention" of finding suitable work, recruiters are determined to help the majority of people who are genuinely seeking employment.
Among the steps proposed by the bill are to reduce the number of people claiming incapacity benefits by one million and to help 300,000 more lone parents into work.
A spokesman for ClickAJob points out that job skills are likely to be of equally critical concern.
"The skills shortage is still severe and most employers cannot simply offer support with being sure that staff they are considering have some sort of capability," he points out.
"On this issue alone, skilled single parents with child care commitments may often be a better proposition than unskilled workers with no such limitations," he says.
"Already experienced and enthusiastic, they are far more cost-efficient and more easily accommodated through part-time work or job share - than complete newcomers who have to be trained from scratch," he continues.
"Better still, they actually WANT to get back to work, a far better work ethic than the obstinate reluctance of habitual job-shirkers."