The majority of employers (80 per cent) plan to take on permanent staff within the next three months, and only seven per cent intend to reduce their numbers, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). While employers’ hiring intentions remain remarkably strong, they have moderated slightly this month from 84 per cent in December’s report, and 87 per cent in November.
In the medium term (4-12 months), three in four (76 per cent) are planning to recruit, with only one per cent signalling intentions to reduce their permanent workforce. This correlates with a high level (93 per cent) of employers reporting to have ‘no’ or ‘only a little’ spare capacity to increase business.
A rise in demand for permanent staff is especially notable amongst microbusinesses, with a net balance of 74 per cent intending to take on staff in the next three months, compared to 29 per cent who signalled this intent 12 months ago.