Employer confidence in the economy has fallen for the third month in a row, according to October’s JobsOutlook. Employer confidence in the economy has fallen for the third month in a row, according to October’s JobsOutlook.

An increasing number of businesses think that economic conditions are worsening, with the net balance falling from -3 in August to -7 in September and -9 in the latest report.

The latest JobsOutlook survey of 600 employers also shows:

  • almost seven in ten employers (69%) state that they are using agency workers to cover leave or absences, making it the number one reason to hire agency workers
  • two in five (42%) employers said they had no spare workforce capacity
  • in the health & social care sector, employers feared a shortage of temporary and permanent

Download October’s JobsOutlook here >>