Economy Grow 0.8% in the First Quarter!
According to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the UK economy grew by 0.8%in the first quarter of2014, the fifth consecutive period of GDP growth and only 0.6% smaller than the peak in 2008. These figures are an increase on the 0.7% recorded for the first quarter of 2013 and a rise of 3.1% on the same period one year ago. George Osborne said that “The impact of the great recession is still being felt, but the foundations for a broad based recovery are now in place”.
One of the sectors with the strongest growth figures is manufacturing at 1.3%, closely followed by the service sector at 0.9%. Following these statistics, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said it expected the UK to be the best-performing of the world’s largest economies in 2014, reaching a growth of 2.9% for the year. This rise in figures is also coupled with the latest figures showing a rise in weekly earnings – which is now catching up with inflation after six years of being behind.
This positive news mirrors Intro Personnel’s current vacancy list as we continue to recruit for a wide range of vacancies in Stoke on Trent, Newcastle under Lyme and Staffordshire. We are currently recruiting for a number of positions within Manufacturing, Engineering, Customer Service and Finance such as Mechanical Design Engineer, Technical Sales Advisor / Engineer, Customer Service Advisor, Technical Customer Service Advisor, Mechanical Maintenance Engineer, Production Operative, Accounts Semi Senior and Production Supervisor .
In addition, 49% of local businesses in North Staffordshire expect to recruit apprentices in the next 5 years and we have apprentice positions available including Apprentice Manufacturing Operative, Apprentice Electrician and Apprentice IT Systems Developer.