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Employers still exercising caution

Confidence among employers about recruiting new workers in the coming months has fallen, research showed today.

A survey of 200 employers by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) showed that although nine out of 10 expected their workforces to remain static or grow in the next year, there was a ‘dip’ in confidence on jobs.

The research was published ahead of eagerly-awaited new unemployment figures which will show how quickly the economy is recovering from the recession.

Roger Tweedy, the REC's director of research, said: “Businesses remain cautious in the face of political and economic uncertainty ahead of the general election. The blip in employer confidence follows an upward trend and can be linked to concerns over public expenditure which is already starting to impact directly on public sector jobs.

“The longer-term outlook for UK jobs continues to be positive with the vast majority of employers not expecting to make further job cuts and nearly 20% expecting to increase staffing levels over the coming year.”