Belfast Telegraph

Many employers looking to recruit as small firms seek to grow, study shows

Almost one in four employers plan to recruit permanent staff in the coming months despite a fall in economic confidence, a study shows.

A survey of 600 employers also found that most will maintain or increase their use of agency staff in the run-up to Christmas.

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation said its research also found that employers were predicting a shortage of candidates for jobs in areas including engineering, construction, health and social care.

Chief executive Kevin Green said: " The latest official figures show that employment remains at a record high.

"Our data suggests that this positive trend is set to continue, with employers actively looking to take on more staff in the last quarter of the year.

"Small businesses in particular are performing well and are seeking to grow.

"Strong consumer spending over the last few months has been a boon to the UK economy.

"However, there are signs that business confidence in the economy is slipping.

"Whilst it is still too soon to draw conclusions about the impact of the decision to leave the EU, the data suggests that London is feeling the brunt of the referendum result.

"Businesses in the financial sector in particular are looking at the political and economic environment with some trepidation."