by David Howells on February 28, 2013

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Jobs market steady despite economic fears

Economic uncertainty won’t dampen job creation prospects, according to the latest JobsOutlook report by the REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation), rec.uk.com reports.

The report claims that, despite fears of a so-called “triple dip” recession, employer confidence is still high and jobs look set to be created throughout the coming year.

The REC quizzed 600 employers to gauge confidence heading into the coming year. In total, some 57 per cent said they planned to increase their permanent workforce over the next three months, whilst a further 39 per cent said they aimed to keep levels the same.

Looking ahead to the next four-12 month period, 56 per cent of those surveyed said they anticipate a rise in permanent positions becoming available, which could include market research jobs, in addition to the 43 per cent who said rates would remain steady.

Agency work could also increase, with 36 per cent of employees planning to increase the number of casual workers they source from agencies in the coming quarter. A further 53 per cent, meanwhile, said their agency totals would remain unchanged.

Commenting on the figures, REC director Tom Hadley told hrmagazine.co.uk: “The latest JobsOutlook shows that employers are feeling a great deal more confident than they were 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, This month’s survey also indicates the growing demand for certain skills and the race for talent in certain areas like technical, engineering and the professional and managerial sectors.”