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Jobs growth and race for talent to continue despite fears of triple dip recession, says REC

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Fears of a triple dip recession have failed to make a dent in employer confidence on hiring decisions in 2013, according to a survey published today from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

The REC's JobsOutlook survey says the UK jobs market is likely to continue to grow over the next year.

The survey found that more than half of the employers surveyed are planning to hire additional permanent workers in the next three months.

REC director of policy Tom Hadley said: "The latest JobsOutlook shows that employers are feeling a great deal more confident than they were a year ago.

"Our data indicates that the resilience of the UK jobs market is set to continue and there is good news for people seeking temporary work with the vast majority of employers planning to increase or maintain their use of agency staff."

"This month's survey also highlights the growing demand for certain skills and the race for talent in certain areas like technical, engineering and the professional and managerial sectors."

JobsOutlook reports the responses of 600 employers questioned about their hiring intentions over the next quarter and the next year. Respondents are drawn from across the public, private and non-profit sector, and from across a range of industries and sizes of organisation.