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Thursday 16 February 2012

A fifth of firms plan to take on sales professionals

The number of UK firms planning to take on new employees in the coming months still exceeds those planning to cut job numbers, with sales professionals among the most in-demand staff, a new report has revealed.

Research carried out by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development reveals that 21 per cent of companies, or just over a fifth, will take on people to fill sales jobs in 2012.

Overall, four in ten companies will take on new staff in the next six months alone, with opportunities also being created in management, business development and marketing.

Despite this, four per cent of firms are still planning to make redundancies, and
Gerwyn Davies, public policy adviser at the CIPD, said managers now need to focus their attention on communicating and consulting with staff to build trust and employee engagement.

"Employees are likely to respond more positively to change if they feel that they have a voice in the workplace and that senior leaders listen to their views before taking decisions," he added.

It comes after the latest JobsOutlook from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation showed that 98 per cent of firms said they are expecting to increase or maintain their workforce in the next 12 months.

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Source: The Sales Executive News

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