Employers are feeling confident about the year ahead, with 65 per cent of them saying that they will be looking to hire permanent members of staff in 2014, a survey has found.
For the JobsOutlook survey, employers from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) were questioned to find out what their intentions were for hiring staff in 2014.
The results showed that nearly 60 per cent of UK employers thought that their permanent workforce would increase by the end of the year and 48 per cent of respondents said that they are looking to increase their use of agency workers, crystalumbrella.com reports.
Employers also expressed more confidence for the year ahead, with more than 40 per cent of them expecting to have a better year than 2013.
Tom Hadley, director of policy at the REC, told staffingindustry.com that the data shows that confidence amongst business owners is improving and the jobs market is gradually recovering. The main task of 2014 will be ensuring that the demand for skilled staff can be met.
Mr Hadley said: “This tracking of employer sentiment and future hiring plans is a leading indicator and strong predictions from the second half of 2013 have been borne out by January’s employment and GDP figures. Today’s JobsOutlook points to a positive year for business and jobseekers.”