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Survey: More UK Firms To Hire; Skills Shortage Looming?

By BridgeNews Firms in every part of the UK expect to take on more staff, according to the latest survey from recruitment firm Manpower ,Inc. Twenty percent of firms expect to recruit, compared with 13% a year ago. The rate improved in every region, the Manpower survey showed. However, it warned that the tightening jobs market was now leading to skills shortages. "Employer confidence is back on track for growth in the long term," says Iain Herbertson, managing director of Manpower's UK operations. "This feeling is clearly evident across the nation, as every region reports positive forecasts, and those such as Wales and Scotland -- which have languished in recent surveys -- are now showing significantly improved forecasts."

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