Reacting to the publication, today, of the latest UK employment figures, which have seen unemployment levels fall by 167,000 to 7.1 percent of the working population, Bernard Brown, partner and head of business services, KPMG Management Consulting, says:
“Pessimists are often heard saying that bad news comes in ‘threes’. Perhaps, it’s time for a fresh interpretation as, hot on the heels of the IMF’s improved prediction for UK growth and the OBR’s revised forecast, last month, is more positive news – this time on the jobs front. There were some commentators who thought the spike in jobs was a necessity for retailers gearing up for Christmas, but the reality appears to suggest that employment opportunities are now more sustained, than seasonal.
“It does remain a concern, however, that there is still a gap between what employers are searching for and what candidates have to offer. Indications are that companies want more salespeople, business development managers and customer care specialists; in other words – they want people who can help build brands and generate growth. Whether these skills are in plentiful supply is open to debate, but what is not in question is that these are the skills that must be developed to ensure organisations up and down the country can take the steps necessary for growth.”
Mike Petrook, KPMG Press Office
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Notes to Editors:
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