Employer confidence is slowly returning in the economy as
Confidence in the economy is returning in the
UK, with around half of companies planning to recruit permanent
staff in the next three months. Data released by the Recruitment
& Employment Confederation looked at the outlook for jobs in
October, and while 48% of companies expect their headcount for
permanent staff to remain the same over the next year 42% believed
theirs would increase.
There was a drop of 5% from last months REC
JobsOutlook report to 49% of employees who expect to hire in the
next three months and 41% expecting no headcount growth in the
The data also showed that with the Agency
Workers Regulations (AWR) in place, employers are hoping to retain
or increase the number of agency workers in their organisation is
82%. The REC’s director of research Roger Tweedy commented that
although the overall scores have fallen slightly over the past
month, taking last quarter into account there are signs that
confidence is returning to employers.
The outlook for graduates is getting better
with many graduate employers re-opening their graduate schemes.
One up-side for current graduates is that because of the University
Fees increase, many students are put off of going to university.
This may decrease the amount of competition of graduates per
graduate job, which
currently stands at 80 applicants per graduate opportunity.