UK employers are still keen to hire new staff despite a dip in confidence in the economy, but the right training and support for employees is needed to ensure they remain motivated and engaged, says leading training provider Intraining.
The August JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has highlighted a nine per cent fall in employer confidence in the economy from July, from +6 to -3.
31% of employers now expect the economy to worsen and just 28% expect it to improve.
Despite this downturn employers are still looking to hire, with nearly one in five (19%) planning to increase permanent headcount in the next three months.
Confidence in making hiring and investment decisions also remains positive with a net balance of 10%, but this figure is still at its lowest for the past year.
“With the current economic uncertainty it is crucial that employers retain and enhance a highly skilled and motived workforce. It is also important that organisations are able to access the appropriate candidates for their recruitment needs efficiently,” said Ian Webber, managing director of Intraining.
Across the UK Intraining works with over 10,000 employers across all industries and last year developed and trained over 10,000 apprentices.
npower Business is just one of the major employers that has utilised Intraining’s services to develop its workforce.
Intraining is part of NCG, one of the UK’s leading education and training providers, which aims to support its clients to unlock potential through learning. The organisation has a team of corporate account staff to help employers understand how to maximise their levy funds, improve their businesses and increase staff productivity.
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