According to the latest monthly survey from agency representatives, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), 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.
Ninety per cent said that they plan to increase (35 per cent) or maintain (55 per cent) their use of agency workers in the first quarter of 2013, an increase of four per cent on last month. And the longer term prospects also look good with 92 per cent planning to increase (32 per cent) or maintain (60 per cent) their use of agency workers in 2013, also a four per cent increase on last month.
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.”
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