Recruitment Drives Planned In The Next Six Months

Recruitment at private sector firms is to rise significantly during the next six months, after research from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) showed that nearly a third are planning to launch recruitment drives during the period. 

The Director-General of the CBI, John Cridland, said that despite this upturn in the recruitment process, however, wage growth for existing employees is likely to remain flat. 

"We are seeing very little in the way of wage inflation in the economy. Employers are having to take tough decisions on pay," he explained, commenting on the results of the latest CBI/Harvey Nash Employment Trends Survey published today.

He added that the pending employment drive comes as good news for many of the public sector workers who have found themselves out of work due to the sweeping government cutbacks. 

"The pay and recruitment freezes that were commonplace in the private sector during the depths of the recession have now migrated to the public sector," Cridland added. "However, we remain confident that private sector growth can more than compensate for job losses in the public sector."

However Geoff Newman from flat fee recruitment agency has warned that some public sector workers must be realistic and accommodating about salary expectations.

“Many private sector companies have never entertained working practices such as flexible hours, 30 days holiday and high employer contributory pensions. The public sector is dropping many of these benefits because it is unaffordable, so likewise public sector workers should not necessarily expect these perks elsewhere.”

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