PAYE and NI

Concerns over the skill levels of school leavers have been heightened by a new report which indicates that employers are increasingly unwilling to take on young recruits.

The uncertainty that still surrounds the economic recovery has led employers to boost their long-term plans for flexible staffing but to curtail their ambitions to increase their permanent workforces in the medium and the long-term.

News that unemployment levels have risen to 2.494 million in the second quarter of the year indicates that the private sector is struggling, at the moment, to take up the slack caused by lay offs in the public sector.

A leading business group has urged the Government to extend a scheme that allows employers and employees to try a role before offering or accepting a permanent position.

Research by the CIPD has shown that over a half (54 per cent) of potential employees look for employers who provide a good pay and benefits package as opposed to job satisfaction.

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