UK contractors in high demand
Contractors and Limited company owners alike will be pleased with the results from the latest REC JobsOutlook survey.
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) have revealed the findings from its recent JobsOutlook survey, showing that not only are contractors in high demand, but small businesses, such as Limited companies, are experiencing increased confidence too.
The JobsOutlook survey, which questioned 600 UK employers about their hiring intentions over the next quarter and the next year, revealed that 50% of employers predict they will increase their use of temps over the next 3 months, up one point from February.
Of those surveyed, 48% say they will engage more agency workers over the next 4-12 months; these figures are the same as last month.
The survey also looked into the reasons as to why employers were choosing to use more contractors, with 48% saying that temporary workers were important to help them ‘respond to growth’. In March 2012, this figure was just 25%.
Seventy-eight per cent of respondents said ‘short-term access to key strategic skills’ via temporary workers was important for their organisation, compared to 60% who listed that as a key reason for hiring in March 2012.
The REC’s chief executive Kevin Green, commented, “Small businesses are the backbone of the UK economy and surging confidence among small employers can only be good news for job seekers and the recovery.
“Being able to access high-quality flexible staff to meet variations in demand has been vital to British businesses during the downturn. Now we see that the majority of employers who are using flexible resource are doing so to fill talent shortages.
“As scarcity of skills continues to be an issue in key sectors like IT, engineering and logistics, contractors, interim managers and agency workers are becoming more important than ever to help businesses quickly access the skills they need to stay competitive.”
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