More employers plan to hire contractors over next three months
The latest JobsOutlook survey has revealed great news for contractors, showing hiring is on the rise amongst UK businesses.
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) recent JobsOutlook report, which surveyed 600 UK employers, found that the proportion of businesses saying they need new staff to meet increased demand has risen from a quarter at the turn of the year, to over a third.
In addition to the positive hiring intentions, employers also voiced their concerns over skills shortages in the jobs market with one in five (20%) predicting a problem finding people to fill technical and engineering roles in the next three months, and one in four (25%) predicting significant shortages in the next 12 months.
When asked about their plans for future use of contractors and other temporary workers, 50% said that they would look to increase their use over the following three months – up two points on last month.
Of those questioned, 43% plan to increase their number of temporary workers in the next 4-12 months.
REC CEO Kevin Green, said, “The economic recovery is having a real impact on the jobs market as these are the best results we have seen since this survey began in 2009. The labour market is becoming more candidate led and it is vital that businesses look at their hiring processes to ensure that they are fit for purpose and will attract the candidates they are looking to hire.
“However, skills and talent shortages could jeopardise the recovery. Employers, recruiters and the government need to do more as this issue is intensifying every month and spreading to new sectors.”
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