Fewer companies choosing to freeze their recruitment efforts, putting pressure on employers to hang onto their best talent

More firms are starting to take on new members of staff after recruitment freezes, and this will come as good news for the quarter of employees who are actively looking to move on to pastures new, according to a new study.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) survey of 3,000 UK workers also found that three out of five of them are unhappy in their jobs and a quarter have never had a performance review at work.

The CIPD, the world's largest chartered HR development professional body, aims to support and develop all those responsible for managing people within businesses and public organisations.

Its research adviser, Claire McCartney, said talent is on the move again after the study discovered that 24% of organisations have frozen their recruitment drives compared to the 29% that did so during the winter.

Ms McCartney said job security fears are beginning to ease now the economy has turned a corner, but this should come as a stark warning to employers who want to keep hold of their best talent.

She said they must continually monitor the progress of their staff and provide more career development opportunities for them.

If they do not, they risk their best workers taking advantage of the improving employment market and trying their luck elsewhere. The danger is particularly prevalent to private sector firms where job satisfaction has dipped recently, it is believed.

The CIPD has also recently discovered how more businesses are altering their working patterns to reduce long-term absence problems. Despite a small fall in long-term absences in 2012, the problem has worsened again this year as employees are taking 7.6 days off a year on average.

It seems the majority of working time is lost through shorter term absences of up to seven days, causing many bosses to look again at their working hours and introduce more flexible working practices, the CIPD said.

Copyright Press Association 2013