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ONS Commentary From totaljobs

John Salt, Group Sales Director, totaljobs

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“It’s great to see that as we catapult towards the end of 2016, the job market continues to go from strength to strength. The confidence of businesses to keep on hiring has certainly been echoed in our recent Totaljobs Employment Index, which found that jobs posted on the totaljobs website were up 15% year-on-year in November, while applications soared 31%.

“We all know it’s been a tumultuous year for recruitment, with a number of landmark decisions shaking the industry. In a world where nothing seems to be certain, there’s one thing we can count on - next year promises to be just as challenging. With the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, the new requirements around identifying the Gender Pay Gap, and, of course, the triggering of Article 50, employers will need to anticipate and adapt to the changing territory.

“But they’ll also need to be supported by the government, which must continue to encourage businesses to grow to keep the unemployment rate down.”