According to latest data, many UK employers looking to recruit are expecting to find a shortage in candidates.
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) recent JobsOutlook report found that employers looking to recruit for permanent roles expect to find a shortage of applicants – 5 points higher than in the same period last year (March – June 2017), with construction and health & social care being the sectors registering most concern.
The proportion of employers expressing concern over the sufficient availability of agency workers rose six points this quarter to 72%, which is more than double the figure expressing the same belief a year earlier (34%).
However, despite these concerns, confidence to hire and invest is at its highest for 12 months – but still 15 percentage points below the trend before the Brexit referendum.
Employers’ confidence in wider economic conditions is also at its peak for the last year, but still 20 points less than before the referendum.
Interestingly, intention to hire was higher, both in the short and medium term, for contract/temp agency workers than for permanent staff (by 6 and 4 points, respectively).