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Employers delayed seasonal recruitment over economy fears

November 3, 2023


According to the latest labour market tracker by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and Lightcast, the increase in job adverts in the week to 22 October would in most years be seen at least a month or two earlier in the year. The roles seeing the rise in adverts are seasonal, such as postal workers, mail sorters, messengers and couriers.

Neil Carberry, REC chief executive, said: “It looks like employers’ caution about Christmas demand has led them to wait a few weeks longer than normal to hire.”

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