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Jobs Outlook December 2017

Each month the Recruitment and Employment Confederation releases its monthly JobsOutlook survey which includes research on the latest hiring intentions of UK employers.

JobsOutlook features in-depth analysis and insight about the UK’s labour market, including detailed responses from employers about workforce planning.

Plus, it features data about demand and anticipated candidate shortages covering more specific job roles than before including: childcare, construction, drivers, legal and HR, marketing, media and creative.

Of note in the December report:

  • 33% of those surveyed think economic conditions in the country as a whole are getting worse
  • Whilst at the same time 29% of respondents expect confidence in hiring decisions to get better
  • Out of 200 employers polled in November, none think economic conditions in the UK will be less challenging in 2018 than in 2017
  • Increasing numbers of employers are responding ‘Don’t know’ when asked about hiring, as Brexit negotiations create a feeling of uncertainty
  • The majority of employers plan to increase their headcount in the short to medium term
  • UK unemployment continued to fall this quarter. At 1,429,000, this was 26,000 lower than the previous quarter and down by 182,000 on the figure in the same period last year
  • For the past three rolling quarters, the percentage of employers using recruitment agencies/search firms to recruit permanent staff has been increasing (40% in October, 44% in November and 49% in December)
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