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Businesses reluctant to recruit 'as they are in good shape'

Published: Monday, 14 June 2010   Category: Employer News

Businesses will not necessarily be quick to lift their recruitment freezes in the coming months, it was suggested on Wednesday (June 9th).

The latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, which was released last week, showed that just seven per cent of employers expect to expand their workforce in Q3 2010.

Commenting on the findings, Andrew Hawes, director and co-founder of manufacturing consultancy Newton, claimed that a period of austerity has been beneficial for a number of firms.

He said: "What has happened is that, because there have been recruitment freezes, a lot of businesses are actually in quite a good shape now.

"They have done things that were difficult, but in many cases what they were doing a year ago - with either redundancies or recruitment freezes - was something that was tough but necessary."

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey also revealed that five per cent of companies expect their workforce to contract, with 87 per cent predicting no change.

Meanwhile, Steve Huxham, chairman of the Recruitment Society, suggested last week that businesses should support their home workers if they want them to be fully productive.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19835848-ADNFCR

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