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APSCo responds to latest ONS Labour Market Statistics

Responding to the ONS Labour Market Statistics published today (17 April), Ann Swain, Chief Executive of The Association of Professional Staffing Companies said:
“It is heartening to see that employment is continuing to rise and at 73.4% is the highest since comparable records began – and higher than the pre-downturn peak in early 2008. This mirrors our own findings which saw a 25% rise in professional level vacancies year on year – although there was a slight cooling month on month mainly due to election uncertainty.”
“The ONS figures also point to a modest 1.7% increase in pay – lower than the growth rate which is also in line with our latest professional trends report which found an average increase of 1.2% in professional level salaries”
“However, the latest ONS figure also point to a 6000 quarter on quarter decrease in staff employed by the public sector - the lowest figure since comparable records began in 1999 – with the increased pressure on our public services this is a worrying trend.”

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Tracey Barrett
BlueSky PR
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