UK businesses plan to hire more workers
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Umbrella company contractors will be interested to learn that despite business confidence being fairly low, many are still looking to hire additional workers.
According to the recent JobsOutlook survey carried out by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), 44% of employers foresee skills shortages, with 34% admitting that they are unable to take on any more work without taking on more workers.
REC Chief Executive Kevin Green, commented on the recent findings, “Business confidence is still way below levels seen before the referendum. Employers are calling for interventions to drive forward projects such as the Northern Powerhouse and to bolster the economy. Now is the time for a clear message from government that UK businesses can expect support to ensure they can weather the continued uncertainty of the EU negotiations.
“The jobs market has performed well so far since the referendum, and the data around hiring intentions is encouraging. However, employers are not a homogeneous group and the government needs to meet a variety of needs to ensure the continued health of the jobs market.
“The government needs to outline how it will address skills shortages in its industrial strategy and ensure that the supply of people to fill vacancies meets the demand from business. We will continue to need workers from overseas in a range of sectors, from engineering to healthcare, and must ensure immigration policies reflect immediate labour market needs.”