Employers are growing increasingly focused on improving productivity within their organizations.
Research published by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) revealed that three in four (74 per cent) employers are growing more and more confident about the economic climate and are hiring more staff.
However, the data showed that the vast majority (94 per cent) of firms reported difficulties taking on more work without more staff.
In addition, almost all employers (98 per cent) said they will either maintain or increase their reliance on agency workers.
According to the analysis, eight in ten (80 per cent) plan to increase their number of permanent workers in the next three months.
Speaking about the findings, Kevin Green, chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation said: "Employers are consistently telling us about the importance of temporary workers, especially in areas where there are skills shortages. People with managerial experience are especially in demand, and this points to the need within many businesses to implement changes in order to boost productivity.
"More generally we are seeing employers shift their focus away from hiring new staff in order to concentrate on getting the most out of the people they already have. This is good news for workers who should see more training opportunities and incentives being offered, potentially including increases in pay."
Some 600 employers were surveyed for the study, which found that 44 per cent of recruiters said that they expect confidence in hiring and investment decisions to get better.
There is also evidence that employers are hiring people on a more long-term basis, with almost half (48 per cent) of those polled stating that they have moved at least one temporary worker to permanent status in the last three months.
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