Rising employment figures mask another problem, says KPMG

Rising employment figures mask another problem, s...

Stephen Barter, a director at KPMG, reacts to the publication of the latest UK employment figures

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Reacting to the publication, this morning, of the latest UK employment figures, which have seen unemployment levels fall by 132,000 to 2.08 million, Stephen Barter, a director at KPMG, says:

“A variety of recent surveys – including our own – have shown how employers are hungry to bring in both raw talent and experienced hires. As demand has stepped up, the search for new employees has bordered on desperation on occasion, but today’s figures show that employer-employee match-making is also becoming increasingly successful.

Yet for all the talk of good news as growing numbers of people return to work or find new jobs, it does seem that employment figures are being bolstered by clearly defined pockets of success. Services, for example, still account for over 70 percent of the UK economy and although the country’s industrial and manufacturing output has shown positive signs, it remains at lower than expected levels.

There has also been a lot of debate about spare capacity existing in the labour market. As more people join the workforce the challenge will be to ensure they fill gaps in the right places. Labour mobility remains an issue, meaning that employers will have to work hard to ensure a more balanced distribution of jobs.




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