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EMPLOYEES can expect a fruitful 2016, according to latest figures.

Hays Specialist Recruitment, which has a branch in London Road, North End, has released the results of its survey of more than 3,500 employers and employees across the south-east.

The results predict increased confidence in the region’s economy leading to a boost in hiring, as well as pressure for employers to raise pay.

The company’s southern region managing director Steve Orr said the results of the Hays UK Salary and Recruiting Trends 2016 report were positive for firms as well as employees.

Mr Orr said: ‘Businesses expanding and opening new offices in the area shows that confidence in the region’s economy is high and we are seeing many businesses preparing to hire in anticipation of a busier 2016.’

The report also showed salaries in the region have grown by 3.3 per cent so far in 2015, higher than the national average of 2.3 per cent.

The average professional salary for the region is now £48,970 with employees in the construction, IT and marketing sectors seeing some of the biggest salary increases in the region.

Over three fifths of employers in the region expect to increase salaries in 2016 and 16 per cent expect to increase salaries above 2.5 per cent.

But not all the results from the survey were positive.

Over half the respondents said they are dissatisfied with their salary and nearly a third were thinking about moving jobs for this reason.

Mr Orr said: ‘It would appear that employers will need to dig deeper into their pockets to retain their best talent and take on additional work next year.

‘Companies should brace themselves for staff departures as employees recognise opportunities in the jobs market and look to move.’