Sing Hosanna! More jobs to be created across Britain

Some more good news for Christmas: half of British businesses are planning to expand their workforce in 2015.

According to a survey conducted by the CBI and Accenture, jobs are projected to be created in all areas of the UK, with permanent roles outstripping temporary work.

Scotland is expected to see the largest rise in job creation, the survey found, and job prospects for young people have improved on last year with many firms planning to recruit graduates and apprentices in 2015.

CBI deputy director-general Katja Hall said: “Businesses are planning to create jobs in every region of the UK next year as the recovery continues, and more and more of those jobs will be permanent. The outlook for young people is also looking brighter as firms look to boost their graduate in-take and expand apprenticeships.

“We want to see everyone enjoy the rewards of the economic recovery. Growth should work for everyone, and skills are the key route to ensuring that this happens through improved productivity and pay.”

However, businesses see the skills gap as a serious recruitment concern.

Hall added: “It’s a concern that the UK’s growing skills gap is now seen as the number one workforce threat to the long-term health of its economy. Companies and the Government need to work together to find ways to develop skills within the workforce and help employees move into higher skilled and better paid jobs.”

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