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Friday 2 December 2011

Demand for agency staff rises once more

There has been another improvement in longer-term hiring intentions and strong demand for agency staff, in spite the latest economic predictions, new data from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) reveals.

A new report from the organisation shows that, despite the Agency Workers Regulations coming into force in October, 28 per cent of employers said they would be increasing their temporary workforce over the next three months, with another 52 per cent maintaining their numbers.

This is an overall rise of five points on last month, with 83 per cent of employers also looking at increasing or maintaining their temporary staff levels in the long term.

The study also showed that, in the next 12 months, 59 per cent of employers are planning to grow their permanent staff while another 35 per cent say they intend to keep it at the same level as today, which is a major increase of 20 points on last month.

Commenting on the report, Roger Tweedy, the REC's director of research, said: "Despite latest forecasts pointing to slower economic growth, there are at least a few positive signs for the jobs market. Permanent employment opportunities will remain constrained in the short term but longer term hiring intentions provide glimmers of hope."

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Source: The Sales Director News

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