Employers’ intentions to recruit are now the highest since 2009.

Published: 8th June 2012

A report supplied by the REC shows that employers’ hiring intentions grew throughout the first quarter of 2012 to reach its highest level since the survey began in March 2009. Employers’ intentions are to hire more staff in both the short and long term, with a particular emphasis on recruiting permanent personnel.

The report was an interesting read showing that 72 percent of employers plan to increase the number of permanent employees over the next 3 months. 69 percent expect to increase permanent hires over the next year. 34 percent plan to increase agency worker numbers in the next quarter (with 44 percent saying they plan to keep numbers the same)

29 percent say they will increase agency workers over the next 12 months (with 55 percent saying they will maintain their current numbers)

The report also revealed those businesses that use recruitment agencies continue to be pleased with the service they receive with 91 percent being satisfied with their recruitment agency of choice.

Although last month the confidence was less than the previous 2 so it will be important for me to keep a close eye on the trend or whether it’s peaking. I will report back in 3 months’ time!

I have no doubt that these figures will give both employers and employees a feeling of positivity as businesses plan to make more job offers in the short and medium term, mainly in the permanent market! Watch this space!