Employment to grow, but harder to get a job - CIPD

Mon, 13/05/2013 - 16:36 -- nick

The UK's recent employment growth could be set to continue, but it is getting harder to find work, particularly for those with low skills, a survey has found.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Labour Market Outlook report, published today, asked employers whether they planned to take on new staff or lay staff off, and found that plans for growth were more common.

However, with the population of the UK increasing it is not clear whether enough jobs will be created to stop recent rises in unemployment.

Skill levels make a huge difference in the competition for jobs, with 45 people applying for each low-skilled job, compared to 29 applying for medium-level and only 10 people chasing each high-skilled opportunity.

The government requirement that all unemployed benefit claimants use the Universal Jobmatch site and apply for a minimum number of jobs each week is likely to increase competition for low-skilled work even further.

In more bad news for jobseekers, many employers have revealed that they are highly choosy about where they recruit from, with 14 per cent saying they would not consider employing school-leavers and 11% refusing to recruit from the ranks of the long-term unemployed. 

Gerwyn Davies, CIPD Labour Market Adviser, comments: “Even though last month’s official figures showed a slight dip in the level of employment, these findings suggest that further employment growth is possible. However, with a projected increase of half a million people to the UK population over the next 12 months, the number of jobs being created may fail to keep pace with the population growth.  In this scenario, we could see employment rising accompanied by increases to unemployment; as the Office for Budget Responsibility expects.

“Against this backdrop, it is perhaps unsurprising that the labour market at present is a battleground for job seekers, particularly those with fewer skills or qualifications.'

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