Employment prospects in the UK for the third quarter of this year remain positive, according to research by Manpower.
Manpower's survey asked 2,000 UK companies - split into 11 regions and 21 industry sectors - if they expect an increase, decrease or no change to their staffing levels.
In response, 24 per cent of employers said they would be increasing staffing levels and 9 per cent expect to decrease, leaving a net balance of 15 per cent planning to take on staff.
Iain Herbertson, managing director of Manpower, commented: "These latest findings show a sustained recovery from the beginning of the year when employment prospects were at their lowest point in eight years."
He added: "Although prospects have not yet fully recovered - they are 25 per cent down year-on-year - there is stable growth, which also suggests business confidence is returning following the impact of last year's downturn and the terrorist attacks in America."
An equivalent survey for the US reveals a positive balance of 19 per cent of US companies planning to take on staff in the third quarter.