As many as 33% of UK employers believe that economic conditions will get worse compared to 23% thinking it will get better. However, businesses are still planning on taking on more staff.
The recent JobsOutlook survey, carried out by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), found that 22% of employers who hire contract / temp workers are looking to increase their headcount, compared to just 11% who said this last month.
REC director of policy Tom Hadley, commented, “Businesses are still pessimistic about the future of the economy. However, the one-year countdown to Brexit starts tomorrow and it’s got to a point where they can’t put off making hiring plans any longer.
“Employers are potentially turning to temps, which could bring opportunities to candidates interested in temporary work and the flexibility it affords, but is also a sign employers are affected by economic and political uncertainty. It’s less risky to bring people in to meet demand and keep them for a limited time, rather than spend the time hiring a new permanent member of staff when you don’t know what business will look like in the next year.
“Improving the mood of employers rests in the hands of the government. The announcement that EU workers who arrive in the transition period can stay is a positive step, but businesses need to know what access they’ll have to EU workers after that time period so they can plan ahead effectively.”
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