The latest survey by Hudson Recruitment has found an increasing number of companies are intending to take on temporary employees amid signs the economy is on the mend.
Hudson says the number of firms considering adding staff rose from 16% to 22% in the three months to September, while those planning to cut employee numbers, fell from 15% to 11%.
About two thirds of companies intend maintaining their current levels.
Unemployment is set to continue rising to over 7% next year, but Hudson says more companies are feeling confident enough to resume projects that had been put on hold.
executive general manager Marc Burrage says growth has been strongest among firms in the IT industry and the construction industry, while manufacturing has finally halted shedding jobs.