The survey found strong prospective growth in the scientific, high-tech, and IT sectors, with 48% of the companies expecting to expand their workforce in the coming year and just 13% expecting layoffs, yielding a positive balance of +35%. The survey found higher-level and specialist skills to be in particular demand across all sectors, with 40% of the responding companies expecting to recruit professionals and 28% IT specialists in the next 6 months. Twenty-seven percent are also planning to recruit new sales and customer service staff. "Businesses are targeting their recruitment on professional, technical and managerial roles, highlighting the growing demand for higher-skilled individuals and the shift to a knowledge economy," the report said.
British companies are also looking to recruit recent college graduates. While 50% of the respondents do not anticipate any change to their graduate recruitment levels in the next 6 months, 22% of the companies that do so are planning to recruit more graduates, but only 6% plan a reduction, resulting in a positive balance of 16%. "While competition among graduates for their first jobs remains tough, these results should provide encouragement for recent graduates that firms are looking to expand their pools of future talent," the report concluded.