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JOB SEEKERS: Theres Hope!  Permanent & Temporary Vacancies rise for the first time in 17months!

August recorded a growth in permanent and temporary appointments, according to the latest Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) Report on Jobs.  This growth of permanent appointments was the first in 17 months and the first increase in temporary appointments since July 2008.

Lorraine Rooney, director of Prestige Employment Solutions Newry and Belfast, is the Regional Chair of the REC in Northern Ireland.  She said “For the first time in 17 months, this month’s report shows encouraging signs that the UK jobs market is improving.  In our own business, we have been noticing the slow improvements since June of this year.  It is becoming more and more evident that employers are becoming more confident in their hiring decisions with the increase in permanent and temporary placements for the first time in over a year."  

Here at Prestige we are continuely looking at new ways to introduce employers and employees in an effort to boost the Northern Ireland Job Market.  We developed a "Career Skills" programme last year aptly named the "Career Club" which has seen tremendous results, equipping unemployed individuals with the skills they need to secure a new job.  We provide outplacement services for the staff of businesses who are facing redundancy and an Introduction Service to local businesses.  We have introduced a Candidate section to our website where businesses can see the candidates that are currently looking for employment at the moment and we have introduced a new Training section to our portfolio, to help to upskill candidates.

“Indications from the REC and from local economists show that Unemployment will continue into 2010, so we call on government, employers and recruitment businesses to work more effectively together to build on the continued recovery of the jobs market.”

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