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London firms prepare for modest recruitment rise

LONDON employers are not expecting to significantly increase headcount within the next three months, according to new research.

Recruitment and outsourcing specialist Manpower found in its quarterly survey that London employers were looking at slow-paced recruitment growth of about two per cent.

The survey, which speaks to 2,102 employers across the UK, found that companies within the finance and business services industry are also expecting conservative growth, while the utilities sector is expecting modest increase in headcount headcount.

Overall headcount numbers across the UK will remain flat according to 79 per cent of employers, while ten per cent anticipate further cuts to staffing numbers.

Only nine per cent of UK employers are forecasting that staff numbers will grow, as employers in six of the 12 regions in the UK forecast modest growth in employee numbers.