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Employers predict jobs growth for 2013

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A recent REC survey has found that more UK businesses are planning to increase their use of contractors in the next few months.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) JobsOutlook report surveyed 600 employers, questioning them about their hiring intentions over the next quarter and the next year.

According to the findings, 90% of employers plan to increase (35%) or maintain (55%) their use of agency workers in the first quarter of 2013, which is a total increase of four per cent on last month.

The REC figures also show that 92% will increase (32%) or maintain (60%) their use of agency workers in 2013.

REC director of policy Tom Hadley said of the findings, “At first glance the predicted growth in jobs for 2013 may seem at odds with recent gloomier news about lack of GDP growth

“There are various factors influencing what’s been termed this ‘jobs puzzle’. The fact that wage inflation remains low is one reason that employers have been able to maintain or increase their workforce.

“Our latest data indicates that the robust performance of the UK labour looks set to continue. At a time of high profile closures on our high street, it is important to remember that job creation is primarily fuelled by SME businesses.”

These figures are very much supported by an Elance report released last month, which predicted that 2013 will be the ‘year of the freelancer’.

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