Almost a quarter (23%) of UK employers plan to recruit more permanent staff in the next three months, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).
The survey, published this morning, also reveals that just 3% plan to shed permanent workers, while four in five plan to maintain or increase their use of agency workers in the run up to Christmas.
However, the survey of 600 employers reveals that large organisations (250+ employees) are less likely to take on new permanent staff in the short term compared to smaller businesses.
The survey also uncovers regional disparities between businesses based in the South East and those based in the rest of the UK. In the South East (including London), 77% of employers expect to increase or hold their existing temporary staff in the next three months. Meanwhile, 98% of employers based in the North plan to increase or maintain their temporary workforce over the same period.
Overall, economic confidence has fallen according to the latest survey. Just 25% of employers surveyed between July and September think UK economic conditions are improving. This compares to 48% that cited improving conditions ahead of the EU referendum.
This latest survey also shows that employers anticipate a shortage of candidates for permanent and temporary roles in engineering, technical, construction and health & social care.