The REC’s October JobsOutlook has shown confidence amongst UK businesses about expanding their workforces over the next year, and hence about longer term hiring plans in general. 82% of interviewees were intending to increase the use of non-permanent staff, or at the very least to maintain currently levels – in both the short and long term. All of which clearly indicates that, despite Agency Worker Regulations, most employers are not going to reduce the use of agency staff.
Commenting on these findings, Roger Tweedy, the REC’s Director of Research, said, “The underlying trend this month is one of improvement in employers’ optimism about their future hiring intentions. Though the overall scores have only fluctuated slightly over the past month, the last three months of data show that there are definite signs that confidence is returning. The ongoing feedback from recruitment professionals confirms that businesses in many sectors are still looking to attract workers with the right talent despite the difficult economic climate. This explains the slight upturn in hiring intentions and confirms that job opportunities are still out there.”