Over the coming 12 months month, 98 per cent of firms said they are expecting to increase or maintain their workforce, with six in ten firms definitely intending to take on new staff in 2012.
Despite the dip in business confidence, it is interesting to note that a significant number of businesses plan to increase or maintain staffing levels in the short and medium term, said Roger Tweedy, the REC's director of research.
"It is important to note that this confidence index is still five points above its lowest mark last September and that a significant number of businesses still plan to take on new staff during the course of year, despite the slight change in mood," he added.
The survey follows the recent Global Snapshot poll carried out by Antal International, which quizzed 19,376 companies in 52 countries and found that the majority will continuing to hire new staff, including sales recruitment candidates, in 2012.
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Source: The Sales Director News