Private sector employment expected to rise

Autumn 2012 employment trends survey: CBI

  • Over a third of employers (35%) expect their workforce to be larger in 12 months’ time than it is today, while just15% expect it to be smaller – a positive balance of +20%. This compares to a positive balance of +28% at this point last year
  • Among small and medium-sized businesses expectations of workforce expansion are particularly widespread, with a positive balance of +36% in the smallest firms and +27% of mid-sized businesses expecting to grow their workforce
  • More firms plan to expand their level of recruitment of permanent staff in the next six months than anticipate a reduction (25% compared with 16%, giving a positive balance of +9%)
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