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40% of employers plan to increase the use of agency workers in the next three months with only 8% expecting to reduce their use of temporary workers, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). The organisation said that employers’ plans for their use of agency staff in the coming months remained “stable”.
Hiring intentions also remain strong for permanent workers with six out of 10 employers planning to take on more permanent staff in the next three months. Despite slight dips in some indicators since last month, the majority of bosses foresee growth in their permanent workforce over both the short and medium terms.
“Our monthly survey remains consistent in its predictions of on-going growth in employment this year and into 2014,” said REC chief executive Kevin Green said.
“Employers are sounding more optimistic than last year. Four hundred thousand more people are in employment now than this time twelve months ago, proving the resilience of the UK’s labour market. Recovering from the recession may be taking longer than many would like but progress on jobs continues to outperform the rest of the economy.”
The report, which questioned 600 employers in the public and private sector, also found that 34% of companies want to increase the use of agency workers in the next four to 12 months. Only 7% intend to cut their use of agency staff.
Meanwhile over half (53%) of employers intend to increase their permanent headcount over the next four to 12 months with 2% forecasting a reduction.