PwC job numbers good news for employees, less so for recruiters

A recent survey by PwC suggests that recruitment levels are going to rise this year which means great news for employees looking for a new challenge, but a headache for employers looking for skilled staff.

The survey found that in 2009 only only 13 per cent of employers were going to hire extra staff.

However, the number of firms that forecasted extra hiring in 2011 has risen to 28 per cent, while 53 per cent of those surveyed said that handling a skills shortage was the biggest challenge to surmount.

So what should employers do? The advice might be considered obvious; save on recruitment cost and management time by keeping staff loyal and happy.

The flipside will be the need to make the company more enticing to potential candidates as it looks to move from a buyers' market to a suppliers' market.

This was first published in January 2011

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