With the forthcoming election – I’m sure we all have a list of things we personally feel passionately about regarding the priorities of the next government.
As business we also have a list of things we feel are key. As Kevin Green chairman of the REC reports “ The UK jobs market has proved its resilience during the worst downturn in living memory. We now have 30.7 million people in employment – the most since records began. However, challenges remain. The priority for the next government is to build the best jobs market in the world, one that provides opportunities for all, helps our businesses access the skills they need, and makes the country more prosperous.
The world of work is changing fast. Technology, changing consumer expectations and globalisation are the driving forces. The challenge is to ensure that policies on education, skills and employment keep pace with the velocity of change. The next government can learn a lot by listening to recruitment professionals, who are on the front line of the UK jobs market.”
Having operated in Trowbridge for over 26 years we feel we have a great deal of knowledge we can share, and have written to our local parliamentary candidates, inviting them to listen to our views and promote our concerns to the next government. As proud members of the REC we sign up to a Code of Professional Practice and are committed to delivering the highest levels of service to local job-seekers and employers. The priority for businesses such as ours is to remove barriers to growth so that we can deliver more opportunities and jobs. We already have a visit agreed from Andrew Murrison, who was serving MP for South West Wiltshire with the conservatives from 2010, where we hope to discuss our key concerns:
- Finding the right level or regulation and enforcement
- Promoting flexible working
- Pre-empting future growth sectors
- Promoting good recruitment practise
We will keep you update on how these visits go.
Beverley Glover – Managing Director, White Horse Employment