After the REC’s report on jobs showed continued demand within the temporary jobs market, The Association of Professional Staffing Companies provided further proof of increased temporary jobs. In line with the REC’s report, APSCo found that temporary job placements rose by 15% in September; however they also saw permanent recruitment fall by the same amount.
The latest jobs data from APSCo looked at the UK professional recruitment market, including sectors ranging from accountancy and legal services, to banking, engineering, IT and marketing. APSCo found that many businesses are employing temporary workers to kick start new projects, which may have been put on hold during this summer’s Olympic games.
Two of the best performance sectors for temporary workers were once again engineering and IT, where both sectors saw a 17% increase year on year. APSCo Chief Executive Ann Swain described how UK businesses are now getting ‘back to business’ following a remarkable summer. She said;
“Now that the party is finally over, the UK is well and truly back to business, gearing up for a busy quarter. Businesses are hoping to make up for any lost productivity during a summer full of disruption. Businesses are keen to finish the year with a flurry. Many will have been delaying the start of new projects until after the summer, which is creating a sudden jump in workload.”
Ms Swain also described why contractors and freelance workers are the perfect workforce for businesses to adopt during this period and beyond; “Temporary workers offer a flexible way for businesses to complete projects, while keeping a lid on permanent overheads. The economy is not out of the woods, so businesses are still under pressure to keep staff costs down.”
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