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A LEADING recruitment specialist has backed calls for the government to offer more support to workers facing redundancy or reduced hours.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the Trades Union Congress (TUC) is calling on the government to provide subsidies to workers' pay.

The organisations believe that the radical measure, which they argue would "help stem" the rise in job losses, should be introduced "as soon as possible".

Recruitment specialist ATA Selection has echoed the calls stating that the government should look at preventative measures while staff are still in employment, not once they are made redundant.

There is widespread concern over the huge number of job losses predicted, with a further reported 320,000 jobs set to be culled during the coming three months as companies respond to the recession, but believes more can be done by the government.

Andrew Hardaker, Managing Director, ATA Selection said: "ATA Selection welcomes the subsidy approach as an initiative to keep skilled workers in the UK employed.

"Remaining in employment improves a worker's self-esteem and maintains their skills base.

"The government must safeguard the future of our manufacturing industry by acting now to safeguard jobs.”

"It is extremely important that the workforce does not become de-motivated."
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber has said that wage subsidy schemes are already working well across Europe and said he wanted similar systems introduced in the UK.

Mr. Barber said: "The European schemes are preventing many thousands of unnecessary job losses. The Government must provide support for UK businesses and workers too."

The FSB said employers would welcome the move because it would enable them to retain key staff and enable them to prepare for the revival in the economy.

National Chairman John Wright said: "It should be regarded as a national investment which will eventually pay for itself."

The last time Britain operated a wage subsidy scheme was in the late 1970s, when companies that were laying off more than ten staff were offered a subsidy of £20 a week for up to 12 months for each job saved.

ATA Selection is one of the UK's leading recruitment specialists, with 45 years of experience. It has 10 branches throughout the UK and handles more than 300 new vacancies every week.

It can provide a complete recruitment service to clients, whether they are looking for permanent or fixed contract/temporary staff.

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