The number of employers planning to hire both temporary/contracting staff and permanent personnel over the short and longer term has risen again, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey from the REC.

The monthly survey garners hiring intentions for the next quarter and the next year from a sample of 600 employers. 38% of respondents said they planned to increase their temporary headcount – which includes skilled Umbrella Company Employees – over the next three months, while 36% said they would do so over the course of the coming year – increases of 2% and 1% on last month’s findings. Those planning to maintain temporary/contracting headcounts at current levels over the next quarter and next 12 months stood at 50% and 55%.

Permanent vacancies are also set to rise, with the number of employers planning to hire permanent staff rising by 4% on last month to 61%. Those planning to do so over the next year rose by 3% to 59%.

Tom Hadley, the REC’s director of policy, said that figures indicate that “the jobs market will continue to outperform the rest of the economy in the short term.” He went on: “Although the ONS reported a rise in unemployment last week, it is important to emphasise that the employment figures were also up. Currently it is small businesses that are the most cautious about hiring and we hope that announcements made by the chancellor in last week’s budget to make it cheaper and easier to hire people will help to boost business confidence in the future.”

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