JobsOutlook survey reveals contractor hiring on the up
The latest JobsOutlook survey has revealed that more employers are looking to hire contractors over the following 12 months.
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) most recent JobsOutlook survey, which questioned 600 UK employers about their hiring intentions, has shown that 45% plan to increase their numbers of contractors and temporary staff over the next three months.
When asked about their hiring intentions for the next four to 12 months, 38% said that they are looking to increase their contractor numbers.
It was also revealed that 65% of those surveyed said that they are using agency workers to provide short-term access to key skills.
Interestingly, the REC’s report also found that finding qualified drivers for Christmas has been a ‘headache’ for many businesses, with 23% of employers looking to hire drivers and distribution workers, expecting shortages.
According to the report, a lack of available capacity is increasingly jeopardising some employers’ ability to meet November and December’s additional demand for their goods and services.
REC CEO Kevin Green, said, “Recruiters are telling us that drivers are particularly hard to find. People are put off entering the sector by the high costs of things like training and insurance with the new Certificate of Professional Competence requirements compounding the difficulties.
“With peak time for deliveries coming up in November and December, shortages are an immediate problem and one that will only get worse in the longer term.
“The UK’s workforce is lean with minimal spare capacity and growing shortages of workers with the skills to fill the jobs that are currently available. As employers compete more intensely in the jobs market for the skills they need to grow there will be upward pressure on salaries in the months ahead.”
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