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UK – Job growth will return, hiring intentions rise

23 May 2013

The latest JobsOutlook report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) reports a rise in the number of employers saying they plan to take on more permanent and temporary workers in the coming months.

REC chief executive Kevin Green said: “Our data predicts jobs growth will return. While the current economic situation is still challenging for many businesses there are also some positive signs. Although the recovery has been gradual, the UK has avoided the very high levels of unemployment seen elsewhere on the continent and employer confidence does seem to be on the rise.”

The report shows that 41% of employers plan to increase the use of agency workers in the next three months, up +2% from last month. Just 8% expect to reduce their use of temporary workers in this period. 36% also plan to increase the use of agency workers in the next 4 to 12 months, with 7% planning to cut their use of agency staff.

Meanwhile 64% want to increase their permanent workforce over the next three months, up +4% from last month. Only 4% of employers expect to reduce headcounts in the coming quarter. Over half (56%) want to increase their permanent headcount over the next 4 to 12 months with 1% predicting a reduction.

The report collects responses of 600 private and public sector employers questioned about their hiring intentions over the next quarter and the next year. 

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