Jobs Outlook

JobsOutlook: Employers confident for 2014 as over half plan to increase permanent staff levels

Released on 23 December 2013

The long term outlook for both permanent and temporary employment has strengthened, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey of employers by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

Asked about their plans for their permanent workforce in 2014 the report finds that:
• Almost two thirds (64%) of employers plan to hire more permanent staff in the next quarter, 9 percentage points higher than this time last year.
• More than half (56%) intend to take on make more permanent hires in the next 4-12 months, a little more than the 53% recorded in December 2012.

REC chief executive Kevin Green says:
“It’s a bumper Christmas for the UK jobs market as employers indicate they intend to grow their workforces in 2014. This is good news for jobseekers. Compared to this time last year businesses are far more willing to commit to taking on more staff as they see demand for their products and services returning. The spike in demand for sales staff over the last quarter is particularly telling.”

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