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Thursday 26 April 2012

Employer confidence 'at a 3-year high'

Confidence levels among UK employers are currently at their highest level in the last three years, according to a new report by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

The organisation's JobsOutlook shows that employer confidence grew throughout the first quarter of 2012 to reach its highest level since the survey began in March 2009.

Businesses reported that they intend to hire more staff in both the short and long term, with a particular emphasis on taking on more permanent workers.

Overall, 72 per cent of employers say they plan to increase the number of permanent employees over the next three months, 78 per cent intend to boost or maintain agency worker numbers over the same period of time and 84 per cent will increase or maintain agency staff numbers in the next 12 months.

The study showed that employers continue to be pleased with the service they receive from recruitment agencies, with 91 per cent rating themselves as satisfied.

Commenting on the data, REC director of research Roger Tweedy said the overall figures from quarter one are "really positive".

"Our measure of employer confidence has reached a record high point. But the growth in confidence was less than last month so it will be important to track whether increasing employer confidence is a continuing trend or whether it's peaking," he added.

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Source: The Sales Director News

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