The confidence by Employers in the economy remains negative, according to JobsOutlooks latest survey, which was conducted by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC). More and more employers are continuing to think that the economic conditions will only get worse (33%) While others think it will get better (23%).

Employers are still uncertain about hiring. For example, 20% saying they ‘don’t know’ what their plans are for temporary agency workers in the next four to 12 months. However, this has fallen from 32% last month as some employers begin to make plans.

The survey of 600 employers also shows:

  • 22% of employers who hire temporary agency workers now plan to increase headcount over the next four to 12 months, compared to just 11% of employers who said this last month.
  • Only 17% of employers who hire permanent staff are planning increases in the next four to 12 months. This is little changed from February, but down from 22% this time last year after a gradual decline.

Short-term hiring plans remain similar to last month, with 15% of respective employers planning to increase permanent staff and 16% planning to increase their temporary workforce.