85% of employers are planning to increase their permanent workforce in the short term – the highest proportion since records began – according to research conducted by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).
The organisation’s Jobs Outlook survey published today also showed that 30% of employers say they rely on agency workers to reduce costs, compared with 69% stating the same last year. In addition, more than 40% of employers plan to increase agency worker use in the next quarter.
BCL Legal, the leading legal recruitment business, has increased its consultant workforce by 40% in the first two quarters of 2014 and its support staff by 52%. It anticipates growth will increase by another 100% over the next 24-36 months. “ We are looking at recruiting our own internal recruitment consultant to assist with our growth and on boarding” states director Vicky Clark. “We are unique in that we only place legal professionals and we work across the regions as well as the City and service both private practice and our in house clients. The market is extremely strong and confidence is high. Demand for high calibre candidates across a range of specialist disciplines is outstripping supply”.