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Contracting market remains steady, finds JobsOutlook report

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The latest JobsOutlook survey has been released by the REC, and has revealed that the demand for contractors and other temporary workers remains steady.

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s (REC) JobsOutlook report is a monthly insight into the short and medium intention of employers – for both the temporary and permanent sectors.  Over 600 employers were questioned about their hiring intentions, from across the public, private and non-profit sector, and from across a range of industries and sizes of organisations.

According to the survey’s findings, over a third (37%) of employers plan to increase their use of contractors and other temporary workers in the next three months.  Over half (55%) suggest that staffing levels will remain the same, with just 8% saying they expect to reduce their numbers.

With regards to hiring intentions over the next year, 34% say that they will be taking on more temps within the next four to 12 months, 60% said that there will be no change in their headcount, and just six per cent reported that there would be a reduction.

REC director of policy, Tom Hadley, said, “Businesses are more optimistic about the future than they were 12 months ago.

“Employers use agency staff to meet fluctuations in demand and run their businesses efficiently and our latest data shows businesses have no intentions of reducing their use of agency staff for the foreseeable future.

“This is encouraging news about the health of the temporary labour market in the UK as we approach the second anniversary of the introduction of the Agency Worker Regulations. It’s reassuring to see that the legislation didn’t have the negative impact on the temporary labour market that many expected.”

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