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Work slowdown hits jobs growth

A slowdown in work caused a fall in construction employment growth during May, according to the latest statistics from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.
Its monthly survey, produced with financial consultant Deloitte, showed demand for permanent staff at its lowest levels for 15 months.

But the report showed construction's demand for temporary and contract staff outstripping all other industry sectors, despite the same slowdown in work also restricting growth.

Deloitte partner Ashley Unwin warned against short-termism by those firms reliant on temporary staff.

He said: 'Temporary staff may prove an advantageous option in the short term, but when they leave the detrimental impact on productivity can be significant.'

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