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A recent report shows that business leaders expect technological development to drive a significant increase in the number of jobs created in 2020.

According to recruitment specialist Robert Half UK, employers believe new developments will continue to shape the future of work and are keen to leverage the opportunity this presents.

Two thirds (65%) of businesses believe new technologies will lead to the creation of more permanent roles next year, while 39% believe the number of temporary positions will grow.

The South West and Wales regions are the most confident about the impact of new technology, with 74% of businesses anticipating an increase in permanent positions and 43% prepared for more temporary roles.

While the North of England expressed the lowest expectations, over half (56%) remain confident that they will see an increase in permanent jobs and 35% expect to see more temporary roles created.

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Matt Weston, Managing Director of Robert Half UK, commented, “There is no question that new technologies will have a significant impact on the future of work over the coming year, driving opportunities for growth in the longer term.

“As businesses look to attract the best digital specialists to leverage these developments, the war for talent will only continue to heat up. However, the real sweet spot lies with those who have the necessary technological expertise combined with ‘soft skills’ such as communication and strategic thinking.

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