An Optimistic Outlook For the 2013 Job Market -

An Optimistic Outlook For the 2013 Job Market

The professional body for the recruitment industry, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), have carried out a jobs outlook survey on member employers.

Some observations from their survey are listed below:

  • Employers have expressed cautious optimism on prospects for improvement
  • Overall business optimism in the economy has improved
  • 95% of employers surveyed said they planned to either increase or maintain their numbers of permanent staff over the next three months
  • 99% of employers surveyed reported they intended to either increase or maintain their permanent headcount over the next 12 months
  • Prospects for temporary staff look to improve too with 29% of employers surveyed planning to increase agency worker numbers in the next quarter
  • 22% say they will increase agency workers over the next year
  • 59% say they will maintain the same number of agency workers over the next quarter, with 66% saying they will make no changes over the rest of the year
  • The industrial sector seems set for significant improvements in both the temp and perm markets

In addition to the survey, the REC has been looking at the labour market figures and have noticed a steady decline in the claimant count, which measures the numbers who are receiving benefits.

Unemployment has been falling steadily throughout 2012, with a sharp lift in the temporary marketplace during the summer – perhaps as a result of the Olympics.

Cummins Mellor Recruitment have been members of the REC for over 10 years and are committed to best recruitment practice standards.

Source: Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)

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