More Brits choosing to become contractors
It has been found that there are a significant number of workers who are now actively choosing to become a freelancer, rather than being pushed into the decision by the economic downturn.
The report, which has been carried out by recruitment company Ranstand, polled over 3,000 firms and employees across the country, revealing that 63% of those asked were keen to opt for the lifestyle of a contractor or temp by choice, rather than the ongoing recession being the reason behind it.
Nearly half of the respondents, who had permanent roles, said that they were seriously considering a change professionally by looking into other working alternatives, such as freelancing.
Employers are very much in support of both contractors and those who are temping, as the survey also showed that 13% felt that they enhanced productivity and 11% said they help to drive innovation.
Mark Bull, CEO of Randstad, explained that flexible working is a more viable alternative to a permanent role because of the economic downturn and insecurity. He said, “Many people are turning to this work style because there are less permanent opportunities, but the lack of job security during this slow recovery is also encouraging people to think seriously about temping or contracting for the first time.
“The UK already has the greatest penetration of temporary and contract workers in the EU… and our expectation is that over time, the economy will see a gradual development of interest in the benefits of temping and contracting by both job seekers and organisations.”