ALTRA EXECUTIVES BLOG

August 30, 2016

UK firm set to recruit more permanent staff

There is set to be a huge increase in the number of permanent staff being hired across the UK over the course of the next three months, recent research has revealed.

A JobsOutlook survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has shown that an incredible 83 per cent of firms plan to recruit more permanent staff between March 2016 and May 2016 in an attempt to consolidate an efficient, effective network of capable employees.

The survey also revealed that employers are beginning to develop more confidence in their recruitment techniques in a profitable market. Over 80 per cent said they felt their economic environment was comfortable and improving day by day, whilst 94 per cent believed they were running with limited capacity and required further staff in order to advance and grow.

REC Director of Policy Tom Hadley elaborated on the survey further, stating: “Businesses want to hire so that they can take on more work. But with fewer candidates available, employers need to take a thoughtful approach to bring in the skills they need…. At the same time, businesses need to evaluate how they engage with under-represented group such as disabled people. Often this is about structuring work differently to fit a candidate’s needs and lifestyle.”

This increase in recruitment isn’t an anomaly either. UK recruitment is currently enjoying a record high – with overall employment up an incredible 74 per cent. Unemployment in the UK has not been as low since 2006 – temporarily dropping to 5 per cent just before the end of 2015, and now currently standing at 5.4 per cent.

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