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Thursday, 2 September 2010

'Caution needed' as employment prospects rise

As employment prospects across the UK rise and staff numbers are boosted, one sector body has warned that caution is still needed throughout the labour market.

A new report by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has noted that the economic recovery started in the fourth quarter of 2009, and quarterly growth remained in positive territory in the first two quarters of 2010.

It has led to the organisation forecasting positive UK GDP growth of 1.7 per cent in 2010 and 2.2 per cent in 2011, following a "very large" GDP decline of 4.9 per cent in 2009.

The upward revisions in the growth forecasts largely reflect the "unusually strong growth" registered in the second quarter of 2010, according to the BCC, with temporary factors that will support growth in the near future.

However, the organisation warned: "We expect a sharp slowdown in GDP growth starting in Q1 2011 as VAT increases to 20 per cent and tough spending cuts are implemented over the next few years."

According to the organisation, this is likely to have a knock-on effect on employment opportunities, particularly for full-time positions.

It comes after Steve Ingham, chief executive of analyst Michael Page, said that there has recently been a rise in confidence in the sales recruitment sector.

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Source: The Sales Director News

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