Umbrella company contractors will be pleased to learn that despite uncertainty, UK businesses are still planning on creating jobs.
The 20th annual CBI/Pertemps Network Group Employment Trends survey found that 51% of firms across the UK will grow their workforce in the year ahead, with confidence highest amongst small and mid-sized firms (58%).
It was also found that 93% of respondents reported that a diverse and inclusive workforce is important to the future success of their organisation – up on 76% in 2016.
Neil Carberry, CBI Managing Director for People policy, commented on the recent findings, “Britain’s record on job creation is second to none, and this year’s survey shows that this is set to continue in 2018. But with softening economic growth matched with high employment, the survey again emphasises the vital need to make progress on the Industrial Strategy and secure a good Brexit deal to improve productivity, support job creation and boost pay growth.
“The survey also shows that firms are concerned about finding the right staff in the future and this is damaging the outlook for investment in the longer term. It’s essential that businesses work to address skills gaps with colleges and other providers – but with high employment rates, domestic training alone can’t meet all our needs. Firms will need to be able to access people from outside the UK to support future growth and deliver the Industrial Strategy.”
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