A survey conducted by LinkedIn, the World’s biggest professional network, has shown that UK businesses have a positive view on the UK jobs market, even after the latest employment figures showing a rise in unemployment.
The survey which consisted of nearly 1,500 UK professionals revealed just over half (52%) have reported that their company is taking on new staff in a bid to grow their business. An extra 14% are also taking on staff to fill vacancies demonstrating fluidity in the job market. Nevertheless, the survey shows that a proportion of business are still wary about the future, with 16% being unsure of when they will be able to begin expanding again and 8% postponing additional recruitment until next year.
The recent poll results which include a breakdown of job functions and organisation size can be views on the LinkedIn site (
Kevin Eyres, Managing Director of LinkedIn Europe said, “Although the latest unemployment figures show that the jobless rate is still high, our poll illustrates the current optimism among professionals as companies are increasingly starting to look at hiring new staff as part of their growth strategies.”
LinkedIn lets professionals connect to colleagues, industry experts and potential future employers, whilst also allowing people to be in charge of of their online status by featuring in the primary results of online searches for the user’s name.
Dragon’s Den star, James Caan, CEO of Hamilton Bradshaw, said “There’s no doubt that it has been a tough time in the job market over the last 18 months. The positive news is that we’re beginning to see an upturn in activity with more people moving and more opportunities opening up. While unemployment figures remain high, it’s great to see indicators of UK businesses hiring to grow.”