65% of recruiters are planning to hire in 2021, with many having an “optimistic feeling” about the jobs market, according to research by recruitment platform, Monster.
It was found that 35% of recruiters will be hiring to replace job vacancies, while over 30% will be expanding to fill new job requirements.
Despite this positive outlook, 34% of UK recruiters and talent acquisition professionals are likely to anticipate hiring freezes over the coming months.
The outlook on hiring was also found to be varied by industry – with 89% of UK healthcare recruiters planning to hire in the year ahead. However, only 69% of retail recruiters are expecting to fill either new positions or replace jobs lost during the pandemic.
Derek Jenkins, managing director at Monster in the UK and Ireland, said: “There is no doubt that the hiring outlook varies by industry and that UK recruiters are the most nervous of job freezes, but what is clear is that many industries continue to move forward and grow, which will no doubt lead to a continued demand for reskilling in the future.
“There are certainly lessons to be learnt from the dramatic shift in the ‘new normal’. We hope that by investigating the biggest challenges and plans for the industry in 2021 and sharing these insights alongside candidate research, we can further support businesses and recruiters as we move into a new era for the industry.