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Contractor demand is up while UK business confidence continues to grow

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Contractors will be please to learn that more UK businesses plan to hire temporary staff over the next few months.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) JobsOutlook survey revealed that 46% of 600 employers questioned said that they expect to take on more contractors over the next three-month period.

A further 36% said that they plan on hiring more contractors over the ‘medium-term’.

Employers were also asked the top reason as to why they use temporary workers and contractors, with 68% saying it’s so that they gain access to key strategic skills.

The JobsOutlook also found that there is a concern among employers with regards to the ongoing drivers shortage for both permanent and temporary jobs. According to the findings, 12% of businesses are worried about a shortage of candidates for short-term contracts in the run up to Christmas.

Limited company contractors might be interested in other REC findings within the same report, which found that one in six UK employers plan to expand their operations into Europe in the next two years.

These developments, in addition to those already active overseas and those with expansion plans beyond the European Union (EU), mean that almost a third (31 per cent) of UK-based organisations could be working internationally by this time in 2016. This points to a rise in confidence among UK employers.

REC chief executive Kevin Green, explained, “UK employers have been growing and expanding their workforces throughout 2014. Business confidence has returned to such an extent that many are now looking beyond the UK for opportunities overseas. We’re looking ahead to a potential doubling of the number of UK companies doing business beyond our shores in the next two years.

“It’s interesting that the bulk of those employers want to build their brands in the European market, re-iterating how important the EU is as our key trading partner.

“It also highlights the ambition and growing confidence of UK businesses as our economy and labour markets both continue to perform well at home.”

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