Employers Up Pay to Compete for Candidates

JobsOutlook April 2017 Published

42 per cent of employers who have had difficulty recruiting candidates have increased the salary on offer, according to April's JobsOutlook report.

In an attempt to attract candidates after failing with an initial advertisement, 80 per cent of employers re-advertised the role, while 24 per cent have resorted to lowering the requirements of the role.

The REC's latest JobsOutlook survey of 600 employers also reveals:

  • 22 per cent of employers plan to increase permanent headcount in the short term (the next three months) and medium term (the next four to twelve months).
  • Construction, engineering/technical and health/social care are the three sectors where employers most expect a shortage of candidates for permanent roles.


19 per cent of employers plan to increase temporary agency headcount in the medium term, and 12 per cent plan to do so in the short term.


JobsOutlook April 2017 [1.98 MB]


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