25% of businesses still hiring

25% of businesses still hiring post-Brexit

Despite the decision to leave the EU and the amount of slightly worrying headlines plastered all over the media, almost a quarter of UK businesses are still hiring post-Brexit.

23 percent of employers are planning to increase their workforce and take on more permanent employees in the next three months whereas only a very small minority (3 percent) are looking to reduce this number.

Businesses are also preparing for the festive season with 81 percent planning to either increase or maintain the number of temporary workers on the run up to Christmas to help cope with the greater demand for goods and services.

Although confidence in the UK economy has been shaken post-Brexit, the statistics still show that employment is at a record high and that new opportunities are becoming available for UK jobseekers on a daily basis.

Data collected by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) suggests that this trend is set to continue into 2017 and states that many of these new opportunities are being offered by small to medium sized businesses and new start-ups.

Despite the slightly concerning headlines, jobseekers can still enjoy the effects of a booming labour economy regardless of the period of uncertainty that the EU referendum vote has created.
Industries such as construction, retail, technology and health & social care are offering a wealth of new opportunities as they continue to grow in the current economic climate.

However, the banking and finance sectors are amongst the most cautious sectors at present with many organisations seeking to maintain their current workforce numbers, rather than increasing them in the next 3 months.

If you are looking to make your next career move and would like more information on the current recruitment landscape and labour market in your area, then contact our team of experienced recruitment specialists who can help advise and guide you towards a perfect new career opportunity.

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Emma Bonfiglio

About the author, Emma Bonfiglio

Managing Director at Appointments, Emma has spent 15 years building up a stellar reputation for commercial recruitment excellence across a variety of industries and sectors. There’s no staffing challenge Emma hasn’t encountered and her insight into the recruitment landscape has assisted countless clients achieve their goals over the years.


Specialising in the legislative and procedural side of business operations and through her extensive knowledge and continual training, Emma has a wealth of legal and contractual recruitment knowledge to help advise and support organisations of any size and in any industry.