Small firms continue to take on new staff

Staff hiring forecasts of small firms in the private sector rose by 7% between Q2 and Q3 of 2012, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The report also found that 21% of employers plan to grow the number of temporary workers over the next 12 months, identifying an uncertain economic outlook and a desire to reduce short-term costs as reasons for their plans. Gerwyn Davies, labour market adviser at the CIPD, said: “The sustainability of the recovery, supported by growing consumer confidence, may well depend on the extent to which firms are able to convert these part-time and temporary jobs into more full-time and permanent roles”.

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