Kevin Green, the REC's chief executive, made the comments after his organisation wrote to business minister Mark Prisk, outlining its proposal to create a one year NIC holiday for SMEs taking on young people.
It follows discussions with Mr Prisk in October, after which Mr Green said the REC drew up "workable and practical proposals" for stimulating job creation and enhancing opportunities for young jobseekers.
"Tangible measures are urgently needed and it is hugely encouraging that the NICs proposal is now supported by other leading business bodies. As well as pushing for Government action, we will continue to showcase the positive role that the recruitment industry is playing through our Youth Employment Charter," he explained.
Mr Green said the initiative is proof the recruiters are willing to "make a difference by working with schools and colleges to raise awareness and aspirations amongst future generations of workers.
Last month, the Chartered Management Institute also claimed the government could help to boost UK recruitment by increasing National Insurance holidays and helping to plug the country's many skills gaps.
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