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Employers must take varied approach to hiring says REC

Wed, 27 Jan 2016

More than four in five employers (83%) plan to take on permanent staff in the next three months, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).

Confidence is high among the 600+ employers surveyed, with 80% saying that economic conditions are improving. And with 94% of organisations operating with limited capacity to take on more work, hiring is a priority for those seeking to capitalise on sustained UK economic growth.

Other highlights of the survey reveal:

  • 82% employ temporary workers to ‘access key strategic skills’
  • 97% say temporary workers earn more or the same as they would if they were in permanent roles
  • employers expect a shortage of workers for permanent and temporary roles in technical/engineering and driving/distribution, for permanent roles in construction and for temporary professional/management positions.

REC director of policy Tom Hadley says although businesses want to hire so that they can take on more work, “with fewer candidates available, employers need to take a thoughtful approach to bring in the skills they need”.

He advised firms to look at how they can reach out to people who might find it more difficult to take on full-time work, such as parents or older workers. “At the same time, businesses need to evaluate how they engage with under-represented group such as disabled people. Often this is about structuring work differently to fit a candidate’s needs and lifestyle.”

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