Hiring intentions amongst the UK’s employers remain robust for the year ahead, the latest JobsOutlook survey from the REC has found.
43% of the 600 hirers polled were optimistic that their organisations would fare better this year than last, while an additional 22% anticipate that conditions will remain “the same” with no deterioration. Umbrella Company Employees hoping for new assignments in 2014 also have some encouraging news: almost half (48%) of the hirers polled said they would be increasing their use of temporary/agency staff during the year, while 43% intended to maintain existing agency headcounts with no reductions. Just 5% anticipated reducing their use of agency/contracting staff.
The picture is also encouraging for permies, with 65% of respondents planning to hire more permanent recruits and an additional 27% intending to make no reduction or increase to existing numbers. 8% anticipated making small reductions.
38% said their use of agency workers and contractors will have increased by the end of 2014, while 55% anticipate no alteration. Only 7% said they expected to slightly reduce their use of temporary/contracting staff.
The REC’s director of policy, Tom Hadley, said that with business confidence building and the jobs market recovery continuing, the challenge in 2014 will be ensuring that demand for new staff can be met.
He added: “This tracking of employer sentiment and future hiring plans is a leading indicator, and strong predictions from the second half of 2013 have been borne out by January’s employment and GDP figures. Today’s JobsOutlook points to a positive year for business and jobseekers.”