South-east firms hiring again after recession bite

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FIGURES show that two-thirds of south-east companies have tackled the worst of the recession.

According to the fourth Tracking UK Recruitment report by staffing recruitment consultancy Barclay Meade, the number of companies in the south east operating under a recruitment freeze fell for the fourth consecutive quarter, down from 17 per cent last year to 10 per cent in the first half of this year.

Despite the latest GDP figures revealing the UK economy grew by only 0.2 per cent in the three months to June, almost 71 per cent of firms in the south east claim they are ‘optimistic’ or ‘very optimistic’ about business performance over the next year.

Anton Roe, director at Barclay Meade, said: ‘Recruitment continues to be a contentious issue for many organisations across the UK.

‘But our report clearly shows south-east businesses continue to respond well to ongoing economic challenges as the number of firms operating under a recruitment freeze falls for the fourth consecutive quarter.

‘It will be interesting to see in the next report if business leaders maintain this level of hiring.’