UK employer confidence improving

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A recent survey has revealed that employer confidence in the economy is continuing to improve.

The latest Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) JobsOutlook survey also shows that permanent hiring plans remain on a ‘downwards trajectory’ with only 14% of employers planning to increase their numbers in the short-term.

The contracting sector however, is seeing a more positive result with employer’s being much more certain with regards to their hiring plans – the only issue for businesses is that availability of contract / temp workers is becoming a bigger problem with nearly half (47%) of employers believing there will be a shortage of appropriate candidates in any of the sectors they cover, up from a third (35%) last month.

REC director of policy Tom Hadley, commented, “The boosted mood of employers is an important step forward, especially as permanent hiring has been on a downwards trajectory. This more positive vibe will hopefully see more businesses growing their teams and ramping up their hiring plans.

“However, we can’t get ahead of ourselves. Too many employers still feel down about the economy. Even if they want to expand their workforce, they are worried about finding the workers they need, especially for temporary roles. Short-term placements are crucial for jobs that are seasonal or project-based, like hotel staff during holiday season, or construction workers on major infrastructure projects.

“Employers in hospitality, construction and health especially rely on temporary workers from the EU and will suffer if they can’t access them. The post-Brexit immigration system has to reflect the importance of temporary staff and ensure that processes are as quick and efficient as possible.”

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