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Four-fifths of employers 'plan to take on more staff'

23 Jun 2014

Some 81% of employers plan to increase permanent hiring within the next four to 12 months, according to a survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). At the same time last year the figure was just 28%.

Of the 600 employers surveyed, 48% plan to increase the use of agency staff in the next four months to 12 months, up two percentage points from the previous quarter.

In the past month, 61% of employers say that they have not decreased their workforce at all, whether in the form of redundancies, headcount reduction or even reduced pay or hours.

REC chief executive Kevin Green said that while temporary hiring is often high when coming out of a recession, the high level of permanent recruitment intentions suggests that there is “real confidence” among businesses about the economic outlook.

“While I wouldn’t say this is a change of direction for employers, as permanent hiring has been relatively strong for a while, it is very encouraging to see our members looking to build towards the future,” he said.