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Ian Brinkley

Surprisingly positive numbers as labour market recovery gathers pace

Authors: Ian Brinkley Ian Brinkley

18 July 2012

Commenting on today’s labour market statistics, Ian Brinkley, director at The Work Foundation, said:

“These are welcome but baffling figures. The economy is in recession, public sector jobs are still being shed, and yet some private sector employers are clearly hiring in large numbers. There is nothing to suggest that further deregulation of the labour market is required.

“This is not a time to be complacent however. This progress could easily go into reverse. The government made a good start in announcing long-term plans to unlock £50 billion of investment in infrastructure. It needs to do more to bring forward investment in the short term to secure the recovery.”


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