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Agency Employers Remain Pessimistic About Future

Posted 4th December 2018 in News For Businesses

New data shows that employers continue to lack confidence about business prospects in a post-Brexit Britain, according to the latest monthly JobsOutlook report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).


According to the report, 53% of employers intending to hire temporary workers expressed concerns over locating a sufficient number of agency workers with the skills required – an increase from last year’s 40%. Employers in the Logistics and Transport industries expressed the most concern, followed by employers within the Industrial sector and the Marketing, Media and Creative sectors.


However, the balance of employers intending to hire contractors in the short-term rose by 3% compared to the previous month’s report. In the medium-term, 16% of employers expressed an intention to hire temporary contractors, an increase of 2% from last month’s report.


Neil Carberry, REC Chief Executive, commented, “Today’s survey shows British businesses at their pragmatic best. Employers remain pessimistic about the longer-term economic outlook – but they are ready to invest in their own businesses to meet demand. Securing the Brexit transition period and a sensible approach to EU immigration to help deal with labour shortages will help to calm those economic fears. A deal will make sure that employers’ confidence in their own business wins out.”

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