Employers Cautious, but Determined

17th February 2011

The REC’s (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) 2011 reports that employers are starting on a cautious note, but intend to increase jobs.

The current monthly report says that temporary workers are in high demand, but longer-term jobs for permanent workers look even more encouraging.

Furthermore, almost 75% of employers plan to keep their job numbers static; a mere 5% plan to decrease recruitment numbers, or cut jobs throughout the year.

That is double the proportion seen at this time last year.

Additionally, almost 33% plan to grow their job headcount over the year, while one in five will employ temporary workers within the next few months.

Roger Tweedy, REC Director of Research said, "We are encouraged to see that employers set great store in building flexibility once again into their workforces for the short and long-term while the economy is in a fragile state. Over the next year, temporary jobs and permanent careers (http://www.recruitmentrevolution.com/search) will continue to provide a vital route back into the labour market.

"Though the job market shows signs of stabilising, the beginning months of this year could cause a few jitters; however, the majority of employers will keep their permanent workers. The public sector pinch, along with sluggish economic recruitment growth, means that caution is understandable – in fact, we may have expected businesses to be more cautious about hiring in the short-term.”

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