8 Out of 10 Employers Plan To Create Permanent Jobs

Friday, July 11, 2014

Employer intention to hire permanent staff remains at a record high, with eight out of ten (81%) planning to create more permanent jobs in the next quarter, according the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)’s JobsOutlook survey of employers. 

In addition to this, more than half of employers (51%) are planning to take on more agency staff in the next three months. The monthly tracking survey also reveals that the proportion of employers saying they need new staff to meet increased demand has risen from a quarter at the turn of the year (25%) to over a third (34%). 

More than six in ten employers (61%) report they have not reduced the cost of their workforce at all in the last 12 months, either via redundancies, reduced pay or hours or headcount freezes, which suggests there is a relative period of business stability in UK plc.

REC Head of Policy Kate Shoesmith said: “Business confidence continues to grow and it is excellent news to see employers planning to hire more people on permanent contracts for the rest of 2014. 

“Despite the skills shortages taking hold of many sectors, it is testament to the hard work of recruiters that nearly 90% of employers are satisfied with the quality of the candidates being put forward by their agency.”