REC Report on Jobs – 97% of employers planning to increase their permanent workforce

The latest REC Report on Jobs continues to show increasing signs of positivity regarding the UK economy as a whole. The report showed that:


* The majority of employers (53 percent) are happy with the state of the economy, up 19 percentage points from January 2013 and the highest score registered this year, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

The survey also reveals that 97 percent of employers are planning to increase or maintain their permanent workforce and 95 percent intend to increase or maintain their use of agency workers over the next year.

REC Chief Executive Kevin Green said: “The soaring success of the UK jobs market is a direct result of businesses successfully adapting to the challenges faced in the recession.

“As this month’s figures show, flexibility has enabled our labour market to flourish. Employers are growing increasingly confident in the UK economy and making positive hiring decisions as they look forward to next year.”

August’s JobsOutlook survey of employers reports that: • In the next three months, 96 percent of employers plan to increase (49 percent) or maintain (47 percent) their permanent workforce. • In the next year, 97 percent of employers plan to increase (44 percent) or maintain (53 percent) their permanent workforce. • In the next three months, 93 percent of employers plan to increase (33 percent) or maintain (60 percent) their temporary workforce. • In the next year, 95 percent of employers plan to increase (31 percent) or maintain (64 percent) their number of temporary workers.

Employers were also asked about their use of zero hours contracts. The poll revealed that just over a quarter (27 percent) employ at least one person on such a contract, while two thirds say they do not use them at all.  Commenting on the response to this topical question, Kevin Green added:

“Zero hours contracts are just one example of employers using flexibility to meet fluctuations in demand to ensure that their businesses survived the recession and that they kept their staff in work.”

JobsOutlook reports the responses of 600 employers questioned about their hiring intentions over the next quarter and the next year. Respondents are drawn from across the public, private and non-profit sector, and from across a range of industries and sizes of organisation.

Kevin Green will be our guest speaker at the annual Engage seminar on 13th September.  For more details of how to obtain an exclusive invite, click here

CEO of REC, Kevin Green, to discuss labour market and economic trends at Engage Seminar

 Kevin Green, CEO of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, will be the guest speaker at the Arts University, Bournemouth, on Friday 13th September, when Jobshop UK and Engage Executive Jobs hold their annual seminar.

Using his wealth of professional knowledge and personal insight, Kevin will present what promises to be an informative and relevant discussion on the current UK labour market and economic trends which are affecting all businesses today.

Before joining the REC Kevin was the HR Director at the Royal Mail; responsible for all people-related issues for a business with 165,000 employees.  He was also part of the leadership team which transformed the business from losing £1 million a day in 2003, to making over £600 million profit in 2007.  Kevin is a regular contributor to radio and TV where he is called upon to comment on the UK employment market.

The invitation only seminar is scheduled for 7.30 am with a light breakfast provided and opportunities to network. If you are interested in attending, please contact 01202 674488 or  for details and an invite.