Employers Looking at Jobs Growth in 2013

Data from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has revealed that more than half of employers are looking to take on new staff in the coming year.

The REC JobsOutlook survey questioned 600 employers and said that 57% of them planned to take on more permanent staff in the first quarter of 2013.

Furthermore, around 1 in 3 businesses were looking at taking on more temproary members of staff.

Speaking about the figures, REC’s director of policy, Tom Hadley, said:

“At first glance the predicted growth in jobs for 2013 may seem at odds with recent gloomier news about lack of GDP growth.”

“There are various factors influencing what’s been termed this ‘jobs puzzle’. The fact that wage inflation remains low is one reason that employers have been able to maintain or increase their workforce.”

Hadley said that whilst the big employers were making the news with big job losses (Notably 1,370 job losses at camera chain Jessops and a massive 7,000 jobs lost at retailer Comet) it was the small business sector that was expected to drive employment:

“Our latest data indicates that the robust performance of the UK labour looks set to continue. At a time of high profile closures on our high street, it is important to remember that job creation is primarily fuelled by SME businesses.”

Other figures from the REC JobsOutlook survey included:

  • 56% of employers plan to increase their permanent workforce throught out the whole of 2013
  • 43% of businesses intend to maintain their current staffing levels
  • In the first qurater of the year:
    • 55% of employers are expecteing to maintain their levels of agency workers
    • 35% of employers believe they will be increasing their temporary staff levels
  • Over the whole year:
    • 60% of employers expect to maintain temporary staff levels
    • 32% of employers will increase their agency staff levels

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