British confidence may be growing as firms take on more staff

Reuters reports that the UK's largest recruiter, Hays, says British firms are hiring more staff and those in work are starting to look for new jobs. Hays' Director Paul Venables:

This is not a roaring back of the UK economy ... but consistently we are seeing some real signs from our small and medium sized companies that they're looking to hire a few more people, mainly temps.

"We are beginning to see some growth in what I would classify as the economic heartlands of the UK," Venables told Reuters in a telephone interview.

"We're beginning to see people in the provincial areas that haven't changed jobs for four, five, six years now looking for change," he said, predicting Hays would return to "meaningful" growth in the UK in the next quarter.

(Reuters)