Recruitment industry benefits from Plan for Jobs support service

The recruitment industry will likely be a key beneficiary of the Plan for Jobs announced yesterday as part of a £40m investment in a job-finding support service in Great Britain.

The Department for Work and Pensions told Recruiter that the £40m will “fund private sector capacity” to introduce the service over the coming months.

“It will be an online, one-to-one service to help those who have been unemployed for a short period of time to increase their chance of finding employment,” a DWP spokesperson said. 

More details will be available soon, the spokesperson said.

In his mini-Budget address yesterday [8 July], Chancellor Rishi Sunak noted the aim for people who had lost their jobs because of fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic to get new work quickly, at the risk of their skills stagnating over time. The Plan for Jobs unveiled a series of initiatives intended to “protect, support and create” existing and new jobs in the face of a serious economic downturn.

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