Employer confidence rising

Employers are embracing both short-term and long-term recruitment as confidence levels hit the ceiling in the jobs market, reports HR Magazine.

According to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) May JobsOutlook, employers’ attitudes towards recruitment has shifted from disappointing to optimistic, as businesses look to bolster their entire roster of employees.

This means recruitment could surge in all areas of the UK; with London jobs, Manchester vacancies and Brighton positions all set to prosper.

REC’s report showed that 44 per cent of businesses intend to recruit permanent staff over the next three months, with 52 per cent looking to the long term and recruiting for 12 months.

Demand for temporary workers is show to be just as strong, with 22 per cent of firms looking to shore up their staff with agency workers over the next three-to-12 months.

Roger Tweedy, the REC’s director of research, told REC.uk.com that businesses are now embracing the recruitment market more than ever before. He added: “This is the first real confirmation that employers are feeling more confident and are taking a long-term strategic view of their workforce planning.”

“Creating more permanent jobs and lifting of headcount freezes are solid indicators of this increasing confidence. This is encouraging news at what remains a difficult and volatile time for the UK jobs market,” he added.

by Ashley Curtis on May 18, 2011

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