A poll of 600 UK employers across a number of sectors, carried out by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, found that nearly two-thirds say they are planning to increase their permanent staffing levels over the next three months, with just six per cent planning to reduce headcount.
In addition, 57 per cent expect to grow their permanent workforce over the long term and a further 42 per cent plan to keep it at the same level, leaving just one per cent planning to cut numbers.
There has also been a rise in the demand for agency staff, with nearly a third of all employers saying they are planning to grow their temporary workforce over the next three months and a further 54 per cent planning to keep them at existing levels.
For the longer term, the trend is higher, with 89 per cent looking to increase or maintain current levels, which represents a ten-point rise between January and February 2012.
It follows recent figures published by the Office for National Statistics, which showed that the private sector created 45,000 new jobs and the public sector lost only 34,000 in the three months to January, which means that actual UK employment has increased by 9,000.
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Posted by John Oak and Wayne Bly
Source: The Sales Director News