According to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation's (REC) JobsOutlook survey, the overall outlook for the jobs market remains positive, with two-thirds of companies saying they are planning to increase the number of permanent employees they have over the next three months.
Furthermore, 63 per cent expect to boost permanent hires over the next three to 12 months, while 80 per cent plan to increase or maintain agency worker numbers in the next quarter.
Overall, nine in ten companies in the UK say they will increase or maintain their use of agency workers over the next three to 12 months.
Commenting on the latest figures, the REC's director of research, Roger Tweedy, said: "Employers took on more staff during the first quarter of this year but confidence is fragile.
"Demand for staff is higher in certain sectors and bosses tell us that, despite the current rate of unemployment they still predict they will find it hard to fill the vacancies."
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Source: The Sales Executive News