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HR Review reports that the pace UK jobs market slowdown appears to be leveling off as candidate availability continued to rise strongly, indicating good news in terms of recruitment.

According to the Report on Jobs, published this month by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and audit, tax and advisory insight group KPMG, while permanent placements continued to decrease over the course of the month, it was the weakest drop in over a year.

Furthermore, demand for staff also declined at a slower pace, while a further drop in staff pay was noted.

Commenting on the findings, Kevin Green, chief executive of the REC, said the UK jobs market was showing “signs of life”.

“Flexible working options will provide a crucial way back into work for a number of jobseekers which is why we must ensure that the new regulations covering agency work do not limit these opportunities,” he advised.

This may be particularly important, after the Trade Union Congress recently reported that job losses will continue until autumn 2010 as businesses put any expansion plans on hold. Source HR Review.

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The availability of jobs in the Care Industry and Customer Service sector remains strong according to the people on the ground – i.e. those who place candidates in jobs and those who find and do the jobs.

Healthcare recruitment and immigration specialist Evelie Padadac, of Bison UK, said she has no problems in finding jobs for qualified NMC registered Nurses and Care Assistants in Care Homes throughout the UK.

“We are still seeing a strong demand for nursing and care staff and I have placed candidates, some of them overseas students taking NVQ courses, in jobs within a day or so of them arriving to see me.

“In some cases, student candidates find two or three alternative positions themselves whilst waiting to be interviewed or for their CRB check!”

The recently published UK Border Agency’s approved shortage occupation lists for Tier 2 of the points-based System, includes for the first time Care Assistants and Home Carers at a reduced qualification and experience threshold.

Under the Work Permit scheme, which was replaced by Tier 2 last November, a skilled Senior Care Worker had to be qualified to NQF (National Qualification Framework) level 3 and have three years relevant experience. 

But following recommendations by the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC)  The Government have that the qualification threshold for overseas Social Care Workers be reduced to NQF Level 2, the relevant experience to just two years and the minimum salary cut from £8.80 to £7.80. 

Other shortage occupations on the new official list include: Maths and Science Teachers at secondary level, Medical practitioners in certain specialist areas, specialist Nurses and Pharmacists.

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