Brexit uncertainty hits hiring of permanent staff, figures suggest

Companies are holding off from hiring more permanent staff and taking on more temporary workers, in the wake of new figures that suggest uncertainty over the outcome of June’s EU flag

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Surveys are suggesting, with opinion polls tight, that companies are delaying hiring and investment decisions until after the 23 June vote on Britain’s membership of the EU. Employees are also becoming more hesitant to move jobs, as they prefer to stay put until the referendum decision draws to a conclusion.

The number of people placed in permanent jobs continued to increase during March but at the slowest pace for six months, according to a survey of recruitment companies. At the same time, the hiring of temporary and contract staff rose at the sharpest pace for four months, according to the poll by Markit and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).