JobsOutlook reveals small businesses are increasingly keen on hiring

19th December 2012

The recruitment market looks likely to grow further in the coming months after new research showed small businesses and other firms are keen to hire.

Indeed, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation's (REC) JobsOutlook - which was published today (December 19th) - revealed that 96 per cent of enterprises are looking to either increase or maintain their permanent staff numbers.

What's more, fewer than one in seven employers are looking to cut back on their use of temporary workers in the first three months of 2013, suggesting that a variety of resources will be used to help with business growth.

REC's Chief Executive Kevin Green said that the findings reveal "encouraging signs for job growth in 2013".

"Even though the wider economic outlook may still be uncertain and growth forecasts have been revised downwards, the resilience of this country's labour market cannot be in doubt," he noted.

"The flexibility within our labour market means that we have not been hit with the same difficulties as our European neighbours and we believe that job growth is set to continue in the new year."

It comes after the Federation of Small Businesses revealed that business confidence is on the rise.

Posted by Emily Smith

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