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By Anthony Johnson, Nov 13 2015 08:56AM

What the recruitment figures say.

Staffbase Recruitment in Rugby has learned that Ninety-four per cent of UK employers are operating with limited capacity to take on more work, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

With three quarters of employers (76 per cent) signalling that economic conditions are improving, and almost half (47 per cent) saying that confidence in hiring and investment decisions are ‘getting better’, businesses are actively looking to take on more staff.

Eight in ten businesses (80 per cent) plan to hire permanent staff in the next three months, and three quarters (76 per cent) plan to increase headcount in the medium term.

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The regular monthly survey of 600 employers found that:

More than two thirds (67 per cent) have either increased pay or headcount in the last year.

Eight in ten (79 per cent) take on agency workers in order to access key strategic skills.

Six in ten (59 per cent) have made at least one temporary worker permanent in the last year.

Ninety-four per cent say that agency workers are paid more or the same than if they were permanent.

A shortage of candidates is expected for permanent managerial roles (13 per cent), driving and distribution roles (13 per cent), and blue collar roles (11 per cent).

A shortage of agency workers is expected for technical/engineering roles (16 per cent), construction roles (11 per cent) and driving/distribution roles (11 per cent).

“The demand for skilled people is especially acute in construction and engineering as a result of newly announced housebuilding and infrastructure projects. A reported shortage of people to fill driving and distribution roles is also concerning and could cause major problems as retailers and logistics firms seek to take on staff to meet increased demand over the Christmas period.”

Staffbase Recruitment Managing Director Garry Shipman says:

“Employers across many sectors are finding it very difficult to fill their vacancies. Pay is rising as the competition for staff increases and businesses react to the need to keep hold of the staff they already have. In areas where permanent roles are particularly hard to fill, employers are turning to temporary workers in order to fill their skill gaps.

Staffbase Recruitment in Rugby has a team of professional recruitment consultants who have access to all leading UK jobs boards and we can help you to find the talent that you need to fill your permanent and temporary vacancies.

Hi, my name is Anthony Johnson, I have been doing Digital Marketing for over 12 years.


I am a Digital Marketing Expert, Owner of Search Find, Director of Digital 4 Trade, Founder and Share holder at Seo Go so I keep myself busy!


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