Half of firms to hire more workers next year

In a survey of 323 business by the CBI/Accenture, it has been revealed that half of firms plan to hire more workers next year.

Growth is expected in every region of the UK with Scotland leading the way, with prospects for young people improving as companies look to increase their graduate in-take and the number of apprenticeships available. Permanent jobs will also outstrip temporary jobs and pay will also rise, although at a “cautious rate” after six years of decline.

However, despite the survey’s results proving a welcome sign of the UK’s recovery, there is concern that a massive skills gap in the UK is representing a serious threat to the health and recovery of the economy. As a result, companies and the Government will need to work together to help develop skills and help employees.