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Employers plan to boost permanent staff numbers, says REC

The REC & lsquo;Jobs Barometer’, which is calculated from employers’ responses to questions about their hiring intentions and economic outlook has reached a peak of 38. This is 11 points higher than at the same time last year, and the highest score since the survey began in March 2009.

Asked about their plans for permanent headcounts in both the short and medium term:

&middot         69% employers say they will make more offers of permanent work in the next 3 months, up 4 points from January’s survey.

&middot         72% say they will directly employ more staff over the next 4-12 months, up 13 points since January.

When planning about future use of agency workers:

&middot         47% employers predict they will increase their use of temps over the next 3 months

&middot         46% say they will engage more agency workers over the next 4-12 months.

The REC’s director of policy, Tom Hadley, says, “This month’s survey shows a significant jump in the number of employers who are planning to create more permanent jobs in both the short and medium term. This is a reflection of employers’ growing confidence in the wider economic recovery as well as their belief in their own businesses.”

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