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New confidence is encouraging employers to hire in 2014, says REC

Asked about their hiring intentions for the first quarter of 2014:

&middot         65% said they plan to take on more permanent employees. A further 27% plan no change                 and 8% said headcount will fall slightly.

&middot         48% said they plan to increase their use of agency workers. A further 43% said they would                keep numbers the same and 5% plan to decrease their use.

Looking ahead to the rest of 2014:

&middot         59% employers predict they will end the year with a larger permanent workforce. 36% think                headcount will remain the same and 5% forecast a slight decrease.

&middot         38% plan to increase their use of agency workers, 55% will keep use the same and 7% say              they will decrease their use of agency temps slightly.

Commenting, REC director of policy Tom Hadley, said, “Our data shows business confidence is continuing to build and the jobs market recovery will gain further momentum over coming months. The challenge ahead will be to ensure that the demand for staff and specific skills can be met.

“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.” 

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