Interview-line-620Graduate employers are set to embark on a recruitment drive in the coming months with 45% of firms planning to hire into permanent full-time positions.

That is according to an online poll of hiring managers and current employees, conducted by Redshift Research on behalf of Career Builder UK.

Recruiting and salary levels increase

The research found that a staggering 43% of employers said they were also planning to take on a number of contract or temporary workers in the near future.

Further good news for recruiters is that 27% of employees are also planning to change their jobs in the next 12 months in their search for new opportunities and challenges.

Interestingly, 50% of British employers are also expecting to increase the salaries of their employees during the second half of 2015.

Some 26% of firms are planning to increase wages by 5%, whilst 41% also plan to increase starting salaries on job offers for graduates and school leavers during the next six months.

Top hiring sectors

The research also looked at the sectors and industries that are expected to increase their headcount in the remainder of 2015, with growth in a number of areas including:

Customer Service: +28%

Information Technology: +22%

Sales: +20%

Production: +20%

Human Resources: +17%

Accounting/ Finance: +15%

Marketing: +8%

Scott Helmes, Managing Director of CareerBuilder UK, said that despite the slow job growth during the first six months of 2015, British employers are continuing to hire more staff.

He explained that many employers are “practicing cautious optimism”, suggesting that many are continuing to hire staff in order to remain competitive, albeit not at the same pace as they once were.

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