Increase In Employment Confidence
A survey of employers by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has found that levels of staff taken on could be on the increase from this time last year.
When asked, 64% of employers were found to be “more confident about making permanent hires in 2014”, whilst 47% explained they would be considering an increase of their use of agency staff over the next three months. This represents an increase of 17% from January 2013.
Kevin Green, REC Chief Executive is quoted as saying: “It’s been a bumper Christmas for the UK jobs market as employers indicate they intend to grow their workforces in 2014”.
“Compared to this time last year businesses are far more willing to commit to taking on staff as they see demand for their products and services returning.”
The increase of permanent hires may be attributed to changes in government funding and investment. Likewise, it could be a factor of the improving economy.
John Cridland, Director General at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) recently called on employers to start paying workers more in line with the improving economy.
In his new year’s message, Cridland is understood to have encouraged businesses to deliver “better pay and opportunities” in 2014.
“The recovery is taking root and business leaders have a spring in their step compared to this time last year, but this is no time to rest on our laurels,” Cridland is reported as saying.
“As the financial situation of many firms begins to turn a corner, one of the biggest challenges facing businesses is to deliver growth that will mean better pay and more opportunities for all their employees after a prolonged squeeze.”
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