Things are looking good for jobseekers as a new report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) claims that the immediate jobs outlook in the UK has turned positive for the first time in a year.
Reported by freshbusinessthinking.com, the CIPD’s quarterly Labour Market Outlook, conducted by YouGov, delivers a ‘net employment balance’, calculated by the difference between the proportion of employers intending to increase and decrease staffing levels in the first quarter 2012.
Overall, this balance has risen from +6 from -8 since the Winter 2011/12 quarter, which could be good news for people looking for jobs. London, Manchester, Birmingham and countless cities are included in the survey, making the UK a huge winner when it comes to employers looking to recruit.
Furthermore, the report found that recruitment was boosted even further thanks to a fall in redundancy intentions in both the private and public sector.
Gerwyn Davies, public policy adviser at the CIPD, commented on the figures to stockmarketwire.com: “The jobs market is desperately seeking good news, so this latest set of positive figures is very welcome.”
However, Davies has urged businesses to be careful if they attempt to send UK workers offshore.
“Employers need to weigh up the wider impacts when considering offshoring decisions, such as the potential adverse impact on customer service or employer brand,” he added.