What does 2017 hold for the labour market? CBI/pertemps network group employment trends survey

The underlying strengths of the UK's labour market will see jobs growth continue into 2017, according to the latest CBI/Pertemps Network Group Employment Trends Survey.

The annual survey found that 41% of firms across the UK say they will grow their workforce next year.

Firms told us they're working hard to increase pay.

Almost 6 in 10 companies (57%) able to do so in line with, or above RPI inflation next year.

Companies are concerned about the availability of people with the right skills.

Ongoing skills gaps ranked as the most commonly cited threat to competitiveness (64%) and for a second year topped the list of worries for the future (58%).

Businesses are creating agile and inclusive workplaces that support economic prosperity across the whole of the UK.

More than three quarters (76%) of respondents reported that a diverse and inclusive workforce is vital or important to the future of their organisation.

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