Demand for contractors reaches highest point since March 2011
Contractor hiring hit a 20-month high in November and is continuing to accelerate, according to the latest REC/KPMG report.
The Report on Jobs, carried out by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and KPMG, revelaed that last month saw the strongest temp billings since March 2011.
The nursing/Medical/Care sector remained the most sought-after type of temporary/contract staff in November, as has been the case throughout the past ten months.
All other categories registered higher levels of demand with the exception of Executive/Professional, where a moderate decline was signalled.
REC chief executive said of the findings, “Recruiters are reporting another monthly increase in the number of people that have placed into permanent and temporary jobs and it’s beginning to look like an accelerating trend.
Employer confidence is genuinely bouncing back with businesses feeling more encouraged to hire, which bides well for the New Year.
The reductions in corporation tax and investment in big infrastructure projects announced in the Autumn Statement should help boost confidence even higher and encourage more job creation in 2013.”
Bernard Brown, Partner and Head of Business Services at KPMG, commented, “Twelve months ago employment prospects were bleak. Today, however, the negative outlook has been replaced by cautious optimism as employers gradually gain confidence to make decisions about the vacancies they want to fill.”
He continued, “Perhaps the government’s long-term strategy for jobs is beginning to bear fruit? With the latest figures hinting that robust demand in business is offsetting weak demand across the public sector, we might just be seeing signs of resilience.”