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Employers plan to increase both permanent and temporary staff levels in the coming months, according to the latest job outlook report by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).
The survey of 600 employers indicates that although businesses continue to face a challenging economic climate, the majority are still planning to increase or maintain their headcount in the next quarter.
38% of those questioned want to increase their use of agency workers in the next three months, up +2% from last month while half intend to maintain current numbers. On top of this, 36% say they will increase their use of agency workers in the next 4 to 12 months with an additional 55% saying they will maintain their current level of use of agency workers in the period.
Job prospects are also looking brighter for those seeking permanent roles. Almost two thirds of employers said that they plan to increase the number of their permanent staff in the next three months with 59% planning an increase over the next 4 to 12 months.
REC director of policy, Tom Hadley, said: “Our latest data shows the majority of employers are planning to increase or maintain their permanent headcount over the next quarter which suggests that the jobs market will continue to outperform the rest of the economy in the short term. Although the ONS reported a rise in unemployment last week, it is important to emphasise that the employment figures were also up.”
He said that small businesses are the most cautious about hiring while demand for staff in the hospitality and sales industries is expected to grow.