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Booming economy drives recruitment for UK businesses with 76% planning to hire

This was an increase of 9% compared to the first half of the year. 

The Robert Walters Hiring Intentions Survey surveyed over 200 hiring managers from a range of industries across the UK and revealed that,

• 57% of employers will mainly be seeking newly qualified or junior level staff

• Employers are favouring permanent hires over recruiting contractors. 59% reported that they would be primarily seeking permanent staff, while just 7% said that they would be seeking contractors. 

• SMEs are more likely to hire than large companies. 27% of SME hiring managers said that they were likely to hire, while just 22% of companies with more than 10,000 employees said they were likely to hire. 

• Over four in ten hiring managers reported that they expect to be impacted by skills shortages

Chris Hickey, Robert Walters CEO – UK, Middle East and Africa, commented, “The preference for permanent staff, junior level employees and hiring for growth all point to growing confidence in the UK economy. After the lengthy downturn, hiring managers are looking to step up recruitment to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the strong market. 

“Perhaps the biggest challenge employers will face in the second half of the year will be attempting to deal with candidate shortages, with over 40% of hiring managers expecting to struggle to acquire candidates who meet the requirements of the roles available. However, we have seen employers becoming increasingly open to bringing staff on board who have transferable skills from other areas.

“Professionals from a broad range of backgrounds who have the willingness to learn are ultimately able to deliver results for their employer, and can bring new perspectives to a role that would otherwise be missed.”


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