North ‘to enjoy bumper year for hiring’

The North of England is set to enjoy a “bumper year” for recruitment, a new survey says.

Almost half of human resources directors based in the North plan to hire more staff in the first six months of 2015, according to the latest Northern Professional Hiring Index from Robert Half UK.

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The research states that the labour market has “firmly shifted” into a post-recessionary cycle, where professionals with marketable skills hold the advantage, as candidate demand outweighs supply.

The index reveals that just eight per cent of HR executives believe their company will reduce their overall headcount over the period. The study is based on more than 200 interviews with senior HR executives.