The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) says the government is right to intervene in the UK labour market in an attempt to encourage job creation.

Welcoming the Jobs Summit staged with business leaders this week, the organisation said it is “crucial” to see concrete action in order to boost job creation.

The REC claimed that concerted action aimed at specific target groups – such as the one million young people not in work or education into jobs – is urgently needed.

Tom Hadley, the REC’s director of policy and professional Services, said that bringing together the UK’s top employers is “a good starting point”.

However, he claimed that it is also important to harness the job-creating potential of smaller businesses.

“Recruiters are also in a unique position to highlight current barriers. The REC is currently working with the Department for Business to streamline bureaucratic regulations that stifle job creation,” Mr Hadley stated.

He said that as well as boosting demand from employers, the government needs to do more to build the pipeline of suitably skilled and motivated workers.

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