- Staffline, the recruitment organisation, traded in line with board and market expectations in the first four months of the year.

Chris Pullen, chief executive officer of the group, said despite a tight labour market, the recruitment division has continued to perform strongly.

"Our size and scale allows us to meet growing customer demand and the three acquisitions so far this year have improved our coverage in specific geographic areas," he said.

During the first four months of the year, a customer experience strategy has been rolled out to provide an insight into workers' experiences on a site by site basis.

In PeoplePlus, the group's skills, employability and wellbeing services division, the transition away from the Work Programme contracts remains on track.

"We are benefiting from our investment in the Apprenticeship Levy space and have made a good start to delivering Fair Start Scotland, which launched last month. We continue to develop a strong pipeline across a number of areas, including devolved government and prison education," said Pullen.

At 8:16am: [LON:STAF] Staffline Group PLC share price was +10p at 980p

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