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Jobs growth predicted for 2013

Filed under: Recruitment General — Mark on February 20, 2013

A recent Recruitment and Employment Confederation survey reveals that over half of businesses plan to take on more permanent employees this year – good news for those seeking business continuity jobs, information security vacancies or any other permanent position in 2013.

However, it isn’t only permanent workers that can take a positive from the study. In the latest edition of JobsOutlook, 600 employers were surveyed, demonstrating that the job market in the UK will continue the slow growth trend in 2013. Over 50% of businesses will increase their permanent staff and a third plan to hire more temporary workers.

Tom Hadley, policy director for REC, 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.”

The 600 employers surveyed were asked about hiring plans for the next quarter, as well as for the year ahead. They were taken from the public and private sectors as well as the non-profit sector, spanning a variety of organisation sizes and industry sectors.

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