Despite a year dominated by uncertainty and a changing landscape, optimism among recruiters is relatively high as we prepare to enter 2017. The employment market is now very much back to pre-referendum levels and outlook for the coming year is positive with all the signs pointing towards further increases in people finding jobs, particularly on a permanent basis.
Today's figures show a mixed picture from the labour market over the last three months. With the pace of employment growth slowing and the claimant count rising amidst weaker economic momentum, there is a risk that the labour market will continue to soften in months to come.
Once an appropriate managed service provider has been selected and talent is beginning to be delivered to the necessary places in an organisation, you can say that the successful implementation of a managed service programme has occurred. But this is not the end of the story. Much needs to be done to ensure that the suppliers continue to perform to a high standard and that the supply chain is fully optimised.
For a variety of reasons, people are now working for longer. Economic conditions, the raising of retirement ages, improved health and poor future personal financial planning are all contributory factors in this. Workers have to and, in many cases, want to work for longer into what would once have been their retirement years.