We've just received some more encouraging news regarding employment and the economy, reported in the latest CBI study which surveyed almost 500 companies within the UK: Only seven per cent of firms are operating a recruitment freeze, compared with 61 per cent during the depths of the recession in 2009. 47 per cent of employers are predicting their workforces will be larger in a year and 19 per cent predict they will be smaller, giving a balance of +28 per cent. This rises to +35 per cent in firms with fewer than 250 employees. The CBI survey shows that jobs are being created across the private sector, led by small and medium-sized companies. Dr Neil Bentley, CBI Deputy Director-General, said,

"It is encouraging that firms right across the UK are growing their workforces, especially smaller companies."