Nearly two-thirds of employers plan to recruit, claims REC

Despite a backdrop of economic uncertainty, employers are looking to either maintain or increase staff numbers during the next three months, reports hrmagazine.co.uk.

The latest JobsOutlook survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) asked 600 employers about their recruitment intentions and found a number are planning to increase their headcount.

For instance, 61 per cent of employers expect an increase in their permanent headcount during the next quarter, marking a rise of four per cent on last month’s findings.

In addition, 59 per cent of employers said they plan to increase recruitment over the next four to 12 months which could be helpful to jobseekers looking for jobs in London, for instance.

Speaking to personneltoday.com, REC director of policy Tom Hadley stated: “Our latest data shows the majority of employers are planning to increase or maintain their permanent headcount over the next quarter, which suggests that the jobs market will continue to outperform the rest of the economy in the short term.

“Currently it is small businesses that are the most cautious about hiring, and we hope that announcements made by the Chancellor in last week’s Budget to make it cheaper and easier to hire people will help to boost business confidence in the future,” he added.

by Ashley Curtis on April 2, 2013

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