@RECPress - Business confidence in hiring continues to improve as lockdown exit plan announced
Employers’ confidence in their ability to hire new staff rose to net: +7 in November 2020-January 2021, an increase of two percentage points on the previous rolling quarter, according to new REC data.
Employers became more confident in their ability to hire new staff over the past month, despite the onset of more Covid-19 restrictions and growing concern over a no-deal Brexit. That’s according to the latest JobsOutlook report from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).
@KPMG and @RECmembers UK Report on Jobs: Modest reduction in permanent placements, but temp billings continue to rise sharply, as redundancies lead to further marked rise in candidate numbers
A further drop in permanent placements across the UK contrasted with a sustained upturn in temp billings in November, according to the latest KPMG and REC, UK Report on Jobs survey. Panel members frequently mentioned that staff hiring was dampened by uncertainty related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic as well as the renewed lockdown measures in November, with firms often opting for short-term workers for current business needs. Concurrently, overall demand for staff fell solidly, driven by a marked fall in permanent job vacancies.
Responding to the announcement that England will re-enter lockdown from Thursday 5th November, Neil Carberry (@RECNeil), Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (@RECPress), said:
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