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Employers 'keen to hire more staff'

Insight | REC | Hiring intentions | Unemployment

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More employers than ever before are looking to hire new members of staff, buoyed by the recovery and a growing sense of optimism.

According to Recruitment & Employment Confederation's (REC) JobsOutlook survey, 81 per cent of companies have expressed an interest in boosting their workforce over the next three months.

While many organisations have demonstrated positive hiring intentions over the course of 2014, they nevertheless remain concerned that there is a skills shortage in the job market.

The survey found that 20 per cent of employers believe they will struggle to employ people in technical and engineering roles over the next three months, while 25 per cent are of the opinion that they will experience significant shortages over the next 12 months.

Kevin Green, chief executive officer of REC, said that it is clear the economic recovery is having an encouraging impact on the jobs market, commenting that these "are the best results" the organisation has seen since the survey began in 2009.

"The labour market is becoming more candidate led and it is vital that businesses look at their hiring processes to ensure that they are fit for purpose and will attract the candidates they are looking to hire," he continued.

"However, skills and talent shortages could jeopardise the recovery. Employers, recruiters and the government need to do more as this issue is intensifying every month and spreading to new sectors."

Further findings from the survey include half of all employers indicating that they will boost the use of agency workers over the next three months, with four in ten looking to do so over a four to 12 month period.

The Office for National Statistics revealed earlier this month that UK unemployment now stands at 2.16 million, the lowest level for over half a decade. However, running parallel to this was a general slow rate of wage increases.


Posted by Jon Aspinell on 23rd June 2014

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