Employers are feeling confident about the year ahead and 60 per cent of them have revealed that they have intentions to hire permanent staff in 2014, a recent report has said.

These statistics come from the most recent JobsOutlook survey conducted by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, which asked employers if they had intentions to hire within the next calendar year.

According to brookson.co.uk, the survey also revealed that 48 per cent of employers want to increase their use of agency staff in 2014, with many business owners feeling more confident about 2014 than they did in 2013.

Within the first quarter of the year, 65 per cent of employers will be looking to hire permanent staff and 48 per cent said that they will be increasing their use of agency staff.

Tom Hadley, director of policy at the REC, told staffingindustry.com that this survey indicates that 2014 will be a good year for job seekers and business owners alike.

Mr Hadley said: “Our data shows business confidence is continuing to build and the jobs market recovery will gain further momentum over coming months. The challenge ahead will be to ensure that the demand for staff and specific skills can be met.”