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Recruiters anticipate continued jobs growth in 2013

Recruiters anticipate continued jobs growth in 2013

A new survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation confirms the positive employment outlook for 2013. According to the latest JobsOutlook, a survey of 600 employers, the UK’s jobs market is set to continue on a trend of slow growth during 2013 with 99 per cent of employers saying they plan to either increase or maintain their permanent staff in 2013. The results are also positive for temporary staff with 88 per cent of employers planning to increase or maintain their temporary staff headcount in 2013.

The REC’s chief executive Kevin Green said:

“These are encouraging signs for jobs growth in 2013. Based on the feedback from both employers and recruiters it looks like employer confidence is genuinely bouncing back. Even though the wider economic outlook may still be uncertain and growth forecasts have been revised downwards, the resilience of this country’s labour market cannot be in doubt. The flexibility within our labour market means that we have not been hit with the same difficulties as our European neighbours and we believe that job growth is set to continue in the New Year.”

JobsOutlook reports the responses of 600 employers questioned about their hiring intentions over the next quarter and the next year. Respondents are drawn from across the public, private and non-profit sector, and from across a range of industries and sizes of organisation.

December’s JobsOutlook survey of employers reports that:

96 per cent said they plan to either increase (55 per cent) or maintain (41 per cent) their numbers of permanent staff over the next three months (a total increase of one per cent on last month).

99 per cent reported they intended to either increase (53 per cent) or maintain (46 per cent) their permanent headcount over the next 12 months (the total is the same as last month but sees a four per cent increase in the numbers planning to increase).

86 per cent plan to increase (30 per cent) or maintain (56 per cent) their use of agency worker numbers in the next quarter.

88 per cent say they will increase (26 per cent) or maintain (62 per cent) their use of agency workers over the next year. Only one in 25 employers plan to reduce permanent headcount in the first quarter of the New Year.

Fewer than one in seven employers intend to cut back on temps in the first three months of 2013.

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