76% of businesses looking to hire before the year’s end

In the latest Hiring Intentions Survey carried out by recruitment specialists Robert Walters, it was revealed that the majority of hiring managers (76%) plan to increase their staff in the latter end of 2015. The survey was carried out by more than 200 hiring managers from across various UK business sectors.

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The survey found that 57% will be seeking newly qualified or junior level staff, an important statistic for recent graduates looking to join the workforce. Almost two-thirds of respondents also added that they would be looking, primarily, for permanent staff rather than contractors.

SMEs more likely to hire than large companies

In terms of business size, the survey found that SMEs are more likely to be looking for new recruits during the latter end of 2015. Many larger companies also reported that they would be seeking out new hires, but currently SMEs are more likely to be seeking individuals to join them.

Chris Hickey, Robert Walters CEO, UK, Middle East and Africa, commented that: “The preference for permanent staff, junior level employees and hiring for growth all point to growing confidence in the UK economy. After the lengthy downturn, hiring managers are looking to step up recruitment to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the strong market.

“Perhaps the biggest challenge employers will face in the second half of the year will be attempting to deal with candidate shortages, with over 40% of hiring managers expecting to struggle to acquire candidates who meet the requirements of the roles available. However, we have seen employers becoming increasingly open to bringing staff on board who have transferable skills from other areas.

“Professionals from a broad range of backgrounds who have the willingness to learn are ultimately able to deliver results for their employer, and can bring new perspectives to a role that would otherwise be missed.”

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