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UK – Employers keen to hold on to temporary staff

19 December 2012

A new survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) shows that employment prospects remain positive for 2013. According to the latest JobsOutlook, a survey of 600 employers, the UK’s jobs market is set to continue on a trend of slow growth during 2013 with 88% of employers planning to increase or maintain their temporary staff headcount in 2013.

 The REC’s chief executive Kevin Green said:  “These are encouraging signs for jobs growth in 2013. Based on the feedback from both employers and recruiters it looks like employer confidence is genuinely bouncing back.

“Even though the wider economic outlook may still be uncertain and growth forecasts have been revised downwards, the resilience of this country’s labour market cannot be in doubt. The flexibility within our labour market means that we have not been hit with the same difficulties as our European neighbours and we believe that job growth is set to continue in the New Year.”

The survey found the following:

  • 86% plan to increase (30%) or maintain (56%) their use of agency worker numbers in the next quarter.
  • 88% say they will increase (26%) or maintain (62%) their use of agency workers over the next year.
  • Fewer than one in seven employers intend to cut back on temporary workers in the first three months of 2013.
  • 96% said they plan to either increase (55%) or maintain (41%) their numbers of permanent staff over the next three months
  • 99% reported they intended to either increase (53%) or maintain (46%) their permanent headcount over the next 12 months 


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