Research by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has found that 67 per cent of employers intend to increase their permanent workforce in the next three months, a fall from last month, but that this is being compensated in other areas.
It reported that 83 per cent of employers intend to maintain or increase their reliance on agency workers in the next 12 months, which could affect sales recruitment trends.
Roger Tweedy, the director of research at the REC, reported that overall confidence has remained static over the last 12 months.
He also said that it is reassuring that many firms are still looking to expand their permanent workforce at this time.
Mr Tweedy added: "With the economy continuing to stagnate, businesses will understandably remain cautious which is why we are seeing an increase in the longer-term demand for flexible staff such as temporary and contract workers."
Kelly Adamson, the REC's north-east regional director, recently highlighted the fact that sales recruitment in the north-east will become increasingly crucial with the creation of new enterprise zones in the region.
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