Employer confidence in the economy has improved, according to the latest (April 2018) Jobs Outlook survey conducted by the REC (Recruitment & Employment Confederation).

The net balance of employers who think economic conditions are getting better over worse, grew 7 points since March, but remains negative at -3.

29% of employers think economic conditions are worsening and 26% think they are improving.

Other findings include:

  • Availability of temporary agency workers is becoming a bigger problem, with 47% of employers believing there will be a shortage of appropriate candidates in any of the sectors they cover, up from 35% last month.
  • The proportion of employers who increased headcount (44%) or pay (47%) in the previous year has been falling since June 2017; likely as a result of the decline in employer confidence since the EU referendum.

For a full copy of the Jobs Outlook report for April 2018, please email info@rsegroup.agency