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25 Aug

Employers remain ‘level-headed’ despite drop in confidence

The latest JobsOutlook survey from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation reveals that employer confidence tumbled during the last quarter, but also suggests that businesses are holding back from making cuts to their workforce. Twenty-four per cent of employers indicated that they would take on more permanent staff in the next three months, while 64 per cent said they will maintain their existing headcount. Just 3 per cent of employers expect to shrink their permanent workforce within the next three months. Smaller businesses in particular reported robust hiring intentions, with more than a quarter (26 per cent) SMEs saying they would take on more permanent...