Now in its twentieth year, the CBI/Pertemps Network Group employment trends survey provides an annual snapshot of the latest labour market trends and business sentiment.
One piece that some people may find surprising is the strength of feeling around job growth in 2018 despite the Brexit fears.
Also rising to the surface as key issues are the topics of employee advocacy and engagement as well as diversity. The latter has been on the agenda for many years but often little action follows the statement of how important it is.
Uncertainty around Brexit and skills shortages are weighing on business leaders’ minds. Concerns around these issues are contributing to a softening of business confidence in the attractiveness of the labour market. Results found that 63 per cent of respondents expect the UK to be a less attractive place to employ people and invest in the next five years, up from 50 per cent last year and 25 per cent in 2015. The data also shows that businesses continue to recognise the importance of employee engagement and the benefits of achieving a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace practices. More than nine in ten respondents (93%) reported that a diverse and inclusive workforce is important to the future success of their organisation, with 70% introducing or extending flexible working opportunities and 66% investing in training for line managers to help boost inclusion.