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23.01.2014

Employment Expected To Rise By A Third In 2014

A recent survey by industry experts, Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has found that almost a third of UK employers are operating at full staff capacity. This suggests that as business grows, many firms would need to hire additional employees.

Great news for the UK jobs market, then, as the survey found 31% of the 600 firms questioned had no flexibility for extra work. It’s reported that a further 54% said they had “a little capacity” and “might take on staff if demand grew this year”.

Overall a quarter of respondents agreed that “Things are starting to pick up now” following a particularly difficult recession.

The report, which has been featured by HR Magazine, found that redundancies were down too, with 21% of businesses saying that they “had increased their headcount 2013”.

REC head of policy, Kate Shoesmith suggested however that an increase in employment rates did not directly suggest an increase in UK pay packets for many.

However, she went on to say, “Starting salaries and hourly pay rates will rise in certain areas where skilled candidates are scarce and companies have to compete for talent”.