Reacting to the publication, today, of the latest UK employment figures, which have seen unemployment levels fall by 57,000, Bernard Brown, partner and head of business services, KPMG Management Consulting, says:
“After the IMF predicted better than expected growth figures for the UK and data was published suggesting the services sector will spearhead economic revival, the latest official employment figures suggest that British business is beginning to bask in the sunshine. It is, of course, too early to suggest that we are on an upward trajectory but the rising staff placements and employers’ increased thirst for staff is a reflection that confidence about long-term prospects is returning.
“The question, though, is whether jobs are emerging across the generational spectrum. As a nation we have so much experience to call on, but to be successful we must blend this with the enthusiasm of the emerging workforce. Employers must be brave enough to mix the age of their staff because over-reliance on one group to save costs or reduce the time it takes to train people is a short-term approach that will end up costing more in the future.”
Mike Petrook, KPMG Press Office
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Notes to Editors:
KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership, is a subsidiary of KPMG Europe LLP and operates from 22 offices across the UK with over 11,000 partners and staff. The UK firm recorded a turnover of £1.7 billion in the year ended September 2011. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. We operate in 152 countries and have 145,000 professionals working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity. KPMG International provides no client services.