Almost 20% of UK employers have recruited more staff in the first quarter of 2006, according to results from the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.
About three-quarters (71%) of the 2,100 UK employers surveyed said there was no change in their hiring intentions and 9% were planning to reduce their workforce.
Job prospects in London and the North East were the most buoyant with 29% of London businesses and 35% of companies in the North East taking on more staff.
Mark Cahill, managing director at Manpower UK, said: “The uplift in hiring intentions we saw at the start of the year is continuing across all business sectors and almost all regions of the UK.”
Confidence is highest in the finance and business services sector, where 26% of employers are looking to take on more staff and 6% are looking to reduce their payrolls.
Almost 20% of manufacturing organisations were also recruiting in the first quarter, followed by 19% of organisations in the utilities sector.