Employers 'positive about workforce growth'


Employers 'positive about workforce growth'
A survey of businesses shows optimism about the need for more temporary and permanent workers during 2008.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation's industry research unit showed indications there was an "upbeat" approach to continued workforce growth, it said.

In fact, the attitudes expressed in the research were more positive than those polled a year ago.

Director of research Roger Tweedy said it was important to "look at what is really happening" amid uncertainty and speculation.

"The feedback from agencies on our steering group confirms that this pattern has continued into 2008 with January results ahead of forecast," he added.

Some concerns were voiced over the potential effects of the proposed temporary workers bill, due to get its second reading in parliament in February.

Government figures show that unemployment has continued to fall and the number of people with a job has reached an all-time high of 29.4 million.

Employment minister Stephen Timms said this was partly due to the government's welfare reforms.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.

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