Employer focus is now on boosting productivity
Three in four (74%) employers think that confidence in the economic climate is improving. As such, businesses are changing their hiring strategy to make the most of available opportunities.
This is according to a regular monthly survey of 600 employers by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), which reports that almost all employers (94%) have limited capacity to take on more work without more staff. 80% plan to increase their number of permanent workers in the next three months and 98% will either maintain or increase their reliance on agency worker.
The survey also reported that
– 44% of hirers expect confidence in hiring and investment decisions to get better
– 48% have moved at least one temporary worker to permanent status in the last three months
– 73% use agency workers to provide ‘key strategic skills’
– Over the next year, employers expect to see a shortage of workers with professional and managerial skills, technical and engineering skills, and driving and distribution skills for both permanent and temporary roles.
Suzanne Sherriff, Commercial Team Leader in our Temporary Division, comments “This highlights the consistent importance to employers of temporary workers. This is especially true in areas where there are skills shortages. People with managerial experience are especially in demand which indicates that many businesses need to implement changes to boost productivity.”