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Although employers still remain concerned about the overall UK economy outlook, confidence in hiring ended its pandemic-driven fall in the third quarter of 2020.

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s (REC) latest JobsOutlook revealed that seven in ten (69%) employers who hire temps/contractors highlighted that agency workers are important for short-term access to key skills.

Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC, commented on the findings, After the record lows of the spring, a return to growing confidence is great news. This reflects what we were hearing from business leaders up and down the country over recent months, and our other data shows that it has fed through to real-world increases in recruitment. The big test now is ensuring this jobs recovery can continue as businesses have to keep working online in the face of a renewed rise in Coronavirus cases.

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Carberry added, “Recruiters know that firms are better prepared this time around and that online interviewing, testing, and selection can be delivered well. Technology means the UK’s fantastic jobs market can continue to operate in many sectors.

“Clearly, some sectors are far more affected by new controls. Last week’s changes to the Job Support Scheme and grants for the hospitality sector in higher tier areas were very welcome in the short term, but more needs to be done to support suppliers to hospitality and leisure businesses, this includes staffing firms. Delivering an effective test, track and trace system is absolutely essential to helping our economy recover – and businesses are looking to Government to deliver on this quickly. It’s a matter of survival for many of them.”

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