A new survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) shows that more than half of employers are planning to hire more permanent staff in 2013.
According to the latest monthly JobsOutlook, a survey of 600 employers, the UK’s jobs market is set to continue on a trend of slow growth during 2013 with more than 50 per cent of employers looking to increase their permanent workforce and one in three planning to take on more temps.
REC director of policy Tom Hadley said: “At first glance the predicted growth in jobs for 2013 may seem at odds with recent gloomier news about lack of GDP growth.
“There are various factors influencing what’s been termed this ‘jobs puzzle’. The fact that wage inflation remains low is one reason that employers have been able to maintain or increase their workforce.
“Our latest data indicates that the robust performance of the UK labour looks set to continue. At a time of high profile closures on our high street, it is important to remember that job creation is primarily fuelled by SME businesses.”
JobsOutlook reports the responses of 600 employers questioned about their hiring intentions over the next quarter and the next year. Respondents are drawn from across the public, private and non-profit sector, and from across a range of industries and sizes of organisation.
January’s JobsOutlook survey of employers reports that:
- 57 per cent planned to increase their permanent workforce in the first quarter of 2013 (up two per cent on last month) and a further 40 per cent planned to maintain their numbers of permanent staff.
- 56 per cent planned to increase their permanent workforce throughout 2013 (up three per cent on last month) and a further 43 per cent planned to maintain their permanent headcount.
- 90 per cent plan to increase (35 per cent) or maintain (55 per cent) their use of agency workers in the first quarter of 2013 (a total increase of four per cent on last month).
- 92 per cent say they will increase (32 per cent) or maintain (60 per cent) their use of agency workers in 2013 (a total increase of four per cent on last month).