The doomsayers are at it again. The recent KPMG report for REC was spun to suggest that the flattish temp jobs market in February was a result of the Agency Workers Regulations kicking in. This was nothing to do with the weather. Weather upset the natural migration of tulip pickers up the country because the Tulips in the south were delayed and the Tulips in Scotland flowered at the same time and so remained unpicked (and a substantial number of tulip pickers were not employed). Not tulip picking but very much cherry picking the report. The KPMG report was cautiously optimistic about both Perm and Temp job markets. A substantial number of employers were expecting to take on both temp and perm staff in the next two quarters. The KMPG digest of their own report is here.