Seventy-four per cent of employers intend to take on permanent staff in the next three months, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). This represents a recovery from a dip in hiring intentions in the last two months (62 per cent in May, 63 per cent in June), signalling that employers have more confidence following a period of uncertainty during the run up to the general election.
In the most recent JobsOutlook employers report improving levels of confidence. Eight out of ten (80 per cent) respondents said that economic conditions in the country as a whole are getting better. And almost half (46 per cent) expect hiring and investment to improve.
The regular monthly survey of 600 employers also found that:
- Seven in ten (71%) employers plan to hire permanent staff in the medium term
- Four in ten (41%) employers increased pay/earnings for staff in the last year, with none reducing pay
- Nearly all respondents (99%) said that agency workers are paid the same or more than they would be as a permanent worker
- Employers expect to see shortages in candidates for professional and managerial roles (14 per cent), construction roles (11 per cent) and technical and engineering roles …Read More
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