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Thursday 21 October 2010

Small firms 'will not reduce staff numbers'

Small firms in the sales recruitment sector and other industries are unlikely to reduce their headcount in the coming months, according to one sector body.

Steve Huxham, chairman of the Recruitment Society, said he is does not expect smaller firms to reduce their workforce and expressed his surprise that some recent polls seem to indicate this.

He did point out that more measures are needed to encourage small to medium-sized businesses to take on staff, as in many cases they are not encouraged at the moment.

"That might take a variety of forms. One reform of current employment legislation [could be] to look at whether companies below a certain head count should be exempt from certain parts of it," Mr Huxham explained.

It comes after figures by the Office for National Statistics showed that the employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for the three months to August 2010 was 70.7 per cent, up 0.2 on the quarter.

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