ETS has conducted research among senior HR practitioners at 150 medium and large private sector companies over the last 6 months.  We found that a consistently strong intention to invest in recruitment in the next quarter.  This is shown in the graph below.

A report compiled by the UK’s largest recruiter Reed, among other agencies, found that job opportunities are up 22% compared to last year.  These statistics are genuine cause for optimism.  It clearly demonstrates the continued recovery of the economy and the return to growth. 

What does this mean for HR practitioners?  Well certainly more hiring is on the horizon. Companies must implement effective assessment and selection processes to find the right people.  It’s also important to invest in engaging and developing employees.  It is only by focussing on these things that companies can attract and retain their best talent, drive growth and create competitive advantage.