Six in 10 businesses to add permanent staff by Christmas, finds REC

Nearly three-fifths (58%) of UK business will increase their permanent workforce in the final three months of 2013, finds the latest JobsOutlook survey from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).

Questioning 600 employers monthly, the REC report also found that the longer-term outlook was strong.

In the near term, 36% of firms said they would increase their use of temps over the next quarter, up from 34% saying the same thing in the August survey.

The permanent recruitment intentions are also up since August, when 51% of firms said they were look to increase permanent headcount.

Looking further ahead, 50% of employers are planning to add permanent workforce in the next 4-12 months, and 30% of firms say they will use more agency staff.

Engineering and medical sector organisations saw a particular increase in hiring intentions since the previous month.

While no sectors saw a drop in temp recruitment intentions between August and September, permanent hiring expectations did soften slightly in education and finance.

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