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Hiring intentions rise as employer confidence improves

01/07/19 Adam Walker Director

The latest JobsOutlook report from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) shows that employers’ confidence both in the UK economy and in their own businesses’ has started to improve since the extension to the Brexit deadline, with employers’ making hiring and investment decisions increased by 4 percentage points from the previous rolling quarter, returning to positive territory at net +1.

Hiring intentions for contract and temporary staff continued to rise rolling quarter-on-quarter, with the balance of forecast demand increasing from +2 to +4 in the short term, and from +4 to +5 in the medium term.


  • Hiring intentions for permanent staff remained strongly positive at net: +16 in the short-term and net: +18 in the medium-term. These are similar levels both to the previous month and the same period last year
  •  Nine in ten (92%) of employers that use recruitment agencies highlighted the importance of an agency’s geographical and/or sectoral expertise when it came to selecting a specialist recruitment partner – up from 71% last year.
  •  Despite concern over candidate shortages and persistent skills gaps, three quarters (74%) of employers who use recruitment partners reported being satisfied with the performance.

Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, said:

“The strength of our jobs market is one of the biggest assets the UK has, as it keeps people in work and raises their pay. Ensuring we protect the flexibility and opportunity it offers should be at the heart of any new government’s agenda.

Today’s survey shows that businesses believe in their own prospects and are ready to grow if the pall ? of economic uncertainty is removed. The contrast between employers’ view of their own prospects and their view of the wider economic picture remains stark, however. Resolving this will require cool heads through the summer and autumn so that companies can rely on a smooth and stable new relationship with the EU – not the chaos of a no deal exit.

JobsOutlook again shows how concerned employers are about skills shortages. Recruiters are helping with this, with 92% of hirers saying knowledge and expertise is key to choosing a partner who can help them navigate uncertain times. The REC is enhancing its support for recruiters by providing data about local and sectoral labour markets this summer, as part of our commitment to the industry and its role in keeping Britain growing.”

Adam Walker, Redline Group Director comments:

“We are in the midst of what is being called the fourth industrial revolution, driven by technology and automation like never before this will continue to increase the demand for highly skilled professionals in the engineering and high technology sector. Coupled with this, today’s candidates are savvier and have greater access to information on potential employers. Till quite recently, it was very difficult to know what jobs were out there. ‘How much people were paid for different jobs? What was it really like to work in a different company? What all options are there?’

Today, most of these problems have been solved, and people carry an entire job search with instant access to all that information on their phones. That has created both opportunities and challenges for proactive jobseekers.

Organisations that really invest in employees whilst creating a great experience for candidates are the ones that will be most successful. The ones who can make the process human by leveraging technology will be the strongest.”

Redline has undertaken research into candidate offer to acceptance ration for many years. For a copy of our most recent research on the Offer Vs Declination Analysis, please click here

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