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UK – Job growth to continue, temporary recruitment in demand

28 February 2013

Fears of a triple dip recession have failed to make a dent in employer confidence on hiring decisions in 2013, according to the latest survey of 600 employers from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

The new JobsOutlook report found that the UK job market is likely to continue to grow over the next year, bringing positive news for people looking for temporary work.

Just over a third (36%) of employers plan to increase their use of agency workers in the next three months and over half (53%) intend to maintain current numbers. Around 35% want to increase their use of agency workers in the next 4-12 month period. An additional 57% said they will maintain their current level of use of agency workers through to the start of 2014.

REC director of policy Tom Hadley said that employers are feeling more confident than a year ago.

“Our data indicates that the resilience of the UK jobs market is set to continue and there is good news for people seeking temporary work with the vast majority of employers planning to increase or maintain their use of agency staff,” he said.

“This month’s survey also highlights the growing demand for certain skills and the race for talent in certain areas like technical, engineering and the professional and managerial sectors.”

The survey questioned employers about their hiring intentions over the next quarter and the next year. 


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