Peter Searle, CEO, Adecco Group UK & Ireland comments on the employment figures issued today


"Today's employment figures reflect belt tightening and hiring freezes of many employers. Although we have seen early signs of optimism in March and early April, there is no getting away from the worrying numbers of those who are young and unemployed."

"Today's school leavers and graduates find themselves in a vicious cycle competing with those young employees who were last to be employed and first to be laid off when downturn hit. As the market picks up, employers turn to those who possess the short experience and employment skills required to hit the ground running. The capacity just isn't there to take on those fresh from school and university without them."

"In the long term, this skills gap will eventually close with initiatives such as apprenticeships. This doesn't help those youngsters struggling in the short term though. More needs to be done today to encourage growing numbers of organisations to deliver work experience which will allow a lost generation of job seekers to compete and create a new talent pipeline for the future."