The latest Office for National Statistics report has revealed good news for contractors across the UK, as figures show that unemployment fell towards the end of 2012.
According to the findings, between September and November last year, the number of people out of work fell by 37,000 – and 185,000 in the year previous to that.
Minister for employment, Mark Hoban, said of the report, “These are very positive figures showing employment rising for over a year and despite difficult economic circumstances unemployment is lower than when this government took office.
“It’s good to see long-term unemployment falling and the number of young people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance dropping again, while the increase in vacancies shows there are jobs out there.”
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) chief executive Kevin Green responded to the ONS figures, saying, “This is an outstanding performance by the UK jobs market. It would be easy to get distracted by recent headlines around the big high street names such as Comet, HMV and Jessops going under, but the fact remains that the UK jobs market is continuing to improve, the overall trend is one of job creation and we are outperforming our European neighbours.
“Recruiters are right there at the front line of the jobs market and the regular feedback they give us is that employers continue to hire. Small businesses don’t make national headlines but they are where the majority of job creation is going to come from.”
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