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UK — Employers upbeat about growth in UK jobs

17 February 2010

The latest JobsOutlook survey from the REC has again demonstrated that confidence is returning amongst employers.

According to the latest survey, a total of 94% of employers expect either to maintain or grow their permanent workforces in the next 12 months.

The survey also shows that one in four employers are planning to increase their temporary workforce in the next year which highlights the important flexibility that contract and temporary work provides to employers and job-seekers looking to get back into the jobs market.

The latest JobsOutlook also shines the light on the specific attributes that employers are looking for from new recruits as they start to lift their recruitment freezes with communication and interpersonal skills topping in the list.
Commenting on the survey findings, Roger Tweedy, the REC's Director of Research said, "increasing employer confidence looks like resulting in more hires over the coming year. Businesses are naturally cautious about the economic recovery which is why the provision of temporary and contract work will continue to provide a useful outlet."

"Looking ahead, the REC is seeking Government action to remove the barriers to growth and job creation such as increased business taxation and employment regulations. It is still a long road back to full employment in the UK and we are concerned that the squeeze on public expenditure could negate some of the upside we are seeing from private sector employers."



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