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REC JobsOutlook July 2015

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the representative body for the UK recruitment industry, have released their latest jobs outlook, highlighting key trends, forecasts and feedback from UK employers.

This month, REC highlights a recovery from a dip in permanent hiring intentions in the last two months, from 62% in May and 63% in June to 74% this month.

Commenting on the regular monthly report, REC chief executive Kevin Green said:

“With candidates in short supply employers need to think hard about how they attract jobseekers. Longer term, business, government and educators must work together to help alleviate the skills shortages so that candidates are equipped with the skills that employers need.”


Summary of key points:

Confidence

  • Eight in ten UK employers state that economic conditions are getting better.
  • 45% of employers expect confidence in hiring and investment decisions to get better.

Pay

  • Four in ten (41%) employers increased pay/earnings of their staff in the last year.
  • None of the employers surveyed reported a reduction in pay during this period.

Short-term outlook (next 3 months)

  • This month shows a rise in the number of UK employers stating they will increase their permanent workforce (74%)
  • 99% of those surveyed plan to maintain or increase agency worker numbers over the next quarter
  • With only 1% planning to reduce agency workers, competition is predicted to intensify.

Medium-term outlook (4 to 12 months)

  • The number of employers intending to increase permanent workforce in the medium term continues to remain steady this month (71%).
  • 7% plan to decrease their permanent headcount, with the remaining 22% looking to stay the same.
  • The intention to hire agency workers remained static in June, mirroring short-term intent. Just under a third (29%) plan to increase numbers whilst 68% expect to maintain current levels.

Skills shortages

  • Technical and Engineering remains one of the top three anticpated skill shortage areas, joined this month by Professional/Managerial and the return of Construction Workers.
REC

“Recruiters also have a major part to play in connecting employers to untapped talent pools”

 Kevin Green
Chief Executive, REC

Source: REC




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