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The new Conservative government has been urged to work closely with the recruitment industry in order to ensure the UK has the best jobs market in the world.

Following David Cameron’s election victory, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has called on the prime minister to ensure his administration collaborates with those on the front line of the staffing sector. The organisation said its representatives would “work flat out” to build links with new ministers and officials.

Kevin Green, REC’s chief executive, said it was important that the government recognises the “positive contribution” the recruitment industry makes to the UK labour market.

He claimed the sector helps place over 600,000 people into permanent employment each year, while supporting 1.15 million contract workers who are on assignment every day.

Mr Green added: “Our industry has an important part to play in supporting growth and creating millions more jobs. We have valuable insights on skills shortages, welfare reform, and education policy and we want to make sure that policymakers benefit from this expertise.”

REC said that although it believed the Conservatives’ focus on economic growth and competitiveness would benefit the recruitment industry, it was still important for the government to adopt a “sensible and balanced” approach to immigration.

This, it claimed, would allow UK firms to hire the skills and talent they need to succeed. It also vowed to advocate the UK’s ongoing membership of the EU and warned that the prospect of an in/out referendum could create unnecessary instability for businesses.

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