The Women Like Us survey polled 329 businesses about their recruitment intention for Q1 2012 and 36 per cent stated that they will definitely be taking on new workers, 89 per cent of which were small to medium-sized enterprises.
According to the survey, almost half of all respondents said they had increased the number of part-time staff they employ in the past year, with the majority of respondents saying the ability to hire in senior experience on a smaller budget was the main driver of this.
Karen Mattison, co-founder of Women Like Us, said that tough economic times force businesses to become "sharper and more innovative".
"Rather than freezing recruitment, employers are hiring in experienced senior candidates who only want part-time work. Clearly more and more firms are thinking through job structure, and whether a role can work flexibly or not, before they recruit," she added.
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Posted by John Oak and Wayne Bly
Source: The Sales Director News