JobsOutlook January: Businesses remain optimistic despite tougher conditions in 2017

  25th January 2017       Louise Woodward (Chartered MCIPD)
 Employment, Accounting & Finance, CIPD, Company News, Executive Search, Human Resources, Office & Commercial, Recruitment


There are signs that the jobs market is starting to slow according to the latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).

The survey of 601 employers has predicted a slight reduction in short-term hiring and companies who plan to  increase their permanent staff headcount in the next three months has reduced to one in five (21 per cent), which is down from 24 per cent last month. It’s also evident that demand for permanent staff has decreased in all sectors except health & social care and education.

According to the latest survey; Three quarters of UK employers (76 per cent) expect economic conditions to be more challenging in 2017 compared to 2016, according to the latest JobsOutlook report.

The report also found that:

–  50 per cent of all employers anticipate a shortage of suitable candidates for some permanent roles in 2017.

–  Roles in engineering and technology, health and social care, and hospitality will be particularly affected by skills shortages.

Despite turbulent economic conditions, businesses remain self-confident. Three quarters of employers polled (74 per cent) say that their business will perform better this year compared to last year.



Louise Woodward (Chartered MCIPD)

Associate Director

Louise is an experienced specialist accounting & finance recruitment professional with over 30 years’ experience specialising in the sector during which time she has gained an esteemed reputation as one of the region’s leading recruiters evidenced by her long list of loyal and happy clients. Louise is also Group Secretary …

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