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CBI/Harvey Nash Employment Trends Survey

Businesses are always looking for the very best people and in difficult times companies need the strongest team possible to help them ride out the storm. As the macroeconomic environment remains uncertain, the recruitment climate - while positive - is tempered with caution. The survey results continue to show that more businesses are looking to expand their workforce over the coming year than expect to reduce their hiring. 

There is cause for optimism for those looking to land that all important first job or training opportunity. The outlook for graduates and apprentices is positive as companies continue to develop the next generation of talent. With job prospects strongest for professionals and those with technical skills in sectors such as IT, the survey results reflect the importance of these sectors to the future of the UK economy. 

Businesses are committed to finding and investing in the talent that will give them a competitive edge. Now more than ever companies recognise the need for diversity across their organisation as a more diverse corporate culture will help drive performance and boost innovation. At Harvey Nash, our Inspire network for senior business women has grown to more than 2,000 board-level members over the past four years, promoting female participation at board and executive level. With a customer base across the globe, businesses simply cannot afford to be left behind on the diversity agenda. The action which companies are taking to be more representative is encouraging for society, but for a business it is essential. 

Away from the boardroom, the survey highlights the need for action to help those just starting out and trying to get their first foothold on the career ladder. The path to the top is rarely smooth, but it's clear that some people are missing out on their chance to succeed and fulfil their potential because of a lack of skills and practical understanding of the workplace. As the UK shifts towards a highly-skilled, knowledge economy, it is crucial that everyone is equipped with the skills and experience which are needed for individual and economic success

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