Labour market confidence high among employers

Those who are seeking to boost their career development opportunities will undoubtedly be pleased to know that the majority of employers are planning to take on more staff.

Research published by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) revealed that 53 per cent of employers are happy with the state of the economy.

An even greater majority (96 per cent) plan to increase (49 percent) or maintain (47 percent) their permanent workforce over the next three months.

Similarly,  97 percent of employers plan to increase (44 percent) or maintain (53 percent) permanent vacancies over the next year.

In the same vein, the REC figures also showed that 93 percent of employers plan to increase (33 percent) or maintain (60 percent) their temporary workers over the next quarter.

Kevin Green, chief executive of the REC said that the flexibility shown by organisations has helped to improve the jobs market.

He added: "The soaring success of the UK jobs market is a direct result of businesses successfully adapting to the challenges faced in the recession. Employers are growing increasingly confident in the UK economy and making positive hiring decisions as they look forward to next year."

Recent figures published by the Office for National Statistics showed that there were 29.78 million people in employment aged 16 and over in the second quarter , up 69,000 from January to March 2013 which represents a 301,000 increase  from a year earlier.

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