The research revealed that new employment versus redundancies was a positive figure, with more employers looking to recruit, than to lay off staff.
The figures released by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), were compiled after a survey of 100 different employers.
However, before optimism rises too high, the CIPD also warned that there was still caution amongst businesses about the prospects in the medium term.
The study found that the swing into the positive was driven primarily by a reduction in planned redundancies and job losses, rather than an upturn in the number of new jobs being created, supporting the notion that growth in the country remains stilted.
Gerwyn Davies from the CIPD described the latest results as ‘very welcome’ and said the news would help to boost an ailing jobs market. But he cautioned against analyzing the results too closely, warning of the ‘zigzagging economic backdrop,’ which he suggested could ultimately cause the market to plummet once again.
Mr Davies said the figures pointed to an employment sector experiencing ‘greater volatility’ in 2012 than had been the case during 2011, where slow and gradual progress was seen.
The study also showed a marked increase in the number of businesses seriously considering switching their operation overseas in the coming year. Mr Davies said this trend could be dangerous for employment and suggested that it could mean some were ‘focussing too narrowly on costs’ and were sacrificing quality in return for cheaper running costs.
The report from the CIPD was released before the official unemployment figures are published on Wednesday.
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