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Demand for permanent staff still rising

5th January 2016

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According to a report by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), the number of UK employers that are seeking to recruit permanent staff is continuing to rise.

The report which was carried out in November and surveyed over 600 employers, revealed that 86% are planning to recruit permanent staff over the next three months, an increase of 6% on October’s report.

But data revealed by the Office for National Statistics indicates that businesses may struggle to fill these vacancies due to the low unemployment rate. The data highlights technical/engineering, professional/managerial, driving/distribution and construction as especially hard-to-find skills.    

In addition to the skills shortage, REC director of policy Tom Hadley has drawn attention to the introduction of the National Living Wage and uncertainty about the EU referendum, saying these factors “have the potential to knock employers off their stride”.

If you’re an employer, do you have plans to increase your permanent staffing in 2016? Are there any particular skills that your business has struggled to recruit for?

Drop us an email at or give us a call on 0844 967 4467.

Source;                   Published; 05.01.16

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