A SURVEY by Careers South West has found South West employers to be optimistic about the future of their businesses.
More than half (62%) of respondents felt their business would grow over the next three years, while 35.5% said their business was likely to stay the same. More generally, 52% felt their industry would grow over the next three years and 40% felt there would be no change.
Careers South West began the survey in November 2013 to establish employers' confidence in their industry to help pinpoint where, and in what sectors, growth will take place at a local level.
The survey is being used to inform Careers South West's new online career planning tool Careers Logistics, which will help customers understand where opportunities are currently and in the future.
So far 174 employers have responded to the survey – 21% said they had current vacancies, and 49% said they were expecting or hoping to recruit over the next 12 months.
Careers South West chief executive Jenny Rudge, said: "The survey shows a very positive outlook for the South West economy as a whole with the majority of employers feeling that their businesses and industries will either grow or remain the same over the next three years.
"Future findings from the survey will be broken down into industrial sectors and local areas to ensure meaningful interpretation of the data. It will inform our new Careers Logistics tool and ensure that we get the right people into opportunities and employers have the right applicants for their vacancies."
To take part in the survey call 01566 777672.