Jobs boost as employers look to swell staff numbers in 2013

There is some good news for jobseekers, as a new study has revealed that more than half of employers are planning to hire more permanent staff in 2013.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation's (REC) latest monthly Jobs Outlook survey, which questions employers about their hiring intentions over the next quarter and the next year, revealed that the UK's jobs market is to continue on a slow trend of growth.

Of the 600 employers polled, it found that 56% are looking to bolster their permanent workforce over the next year, up 3% on last month, while 43% plan to maintain their permanent headcount.

In addition, 57% admitted they have plans to increase the number of permanent employees on their books in the first quarter of 2013, up 2% on the previous month, and a further 40% hope to keep what they have got in terms of permanent staff.

"The fact that wage inflation remains low is one reason that employers have been able to maintain or increase their workforce," said REC director of policy Tom Hadley.

"Our latest data indicates that the robust performance of the UK labour (market) 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."

The survey, which is based on responses drawn from across the public, private and non-profit sectors, and from across a range of industries and sizes of organisation, also revealed that more employers intend to increase or maintain their use of agency workers.

For instance, 32% said they would take on more temps in 2013, while 60% stated they would maintain current levels, representing a total increase of 4% on the previous month.

With regards to the first quarter of this year, 35% are looking to acquire more agency workers and 55% are planning to keep what they have got in terms of numbers, up by a total of 4% on the previous month.

Copyright Press Association 2013