The JobsOutlook survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has found one in six UK employers (16 per cent) plan to expand their operations into Europe in the next two years. These developments, in addition to those already active overseas and those with expansion plans beyond the European Union (EU), mean that almost a third (31 per cent) of UK-based organisations could be working internationally by this time in 2016.
“UK employers have been growing and expanding their workforces throughout 2014,” said REC chief executive Kevin Green. “Business confidence has returned to such an extent that many are now looking beyond the UK for opportunities overseas. We’re looking ahead to a potential doubling of the number of UK companies doing business beyond our shores in the next two years.
“It’s interesting that the bulk of those employers want to build their brands in the European market, re-iterating how important the EU is as our key trading partner,” he continued. “It also highlights the ambition and growing confidence of UK businesses as our economy and labour markets both continue to perform well at home.”
There is a concern among employers about the ongoing drivers shortage for both permanent and temporary jobs. Nearly one in five hirers (18 per cent) predict shortages of drivers for permanent roles and 12 per cent are concerned about a shortage of candidates for short-term contracts in the run up to Christmas.