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Employer confidence has increased, REC poll finds

30 Mar 2012

A poll carried out by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has found that employer confidence increased in February to its highest level in 12 months.

In a survey of 200 firms, the barometer reached 28, significantly higher than the 19 measured in September 2011.

Only four per cent thought they would have to decrease the number of staff within the next three months, while 64 per cent said they hope to increase their permanent workforce this quarter.

In further good news for people looking for IT jobs and other roles, almost a third of respondents believe they will be able to grow their temporary workforce soon.

REC spokesperson Roger Tweedy said: "There are signs that the current momentum in the jobs market will be more durable this time round."

Another recent REC study found that the Agency Worker Regulations have had a positive impact on jobs, with agencies able to forge stronger relationships with key employers.