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Contractors still in demand as majority of UK employers are happy with the state of the economy

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According to the latest Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) report, 95% of UK employers are planning to increase or maintain their use of contractors and other temp workers over the next year.

The recent JobsOutlook report, which surveyed 600 UK employers across the public, private and non-profit sector about their hiring intentions, revealed that more employers are in high spirits about the state of the economy.

When questioned about when employers expect to see conditions improve for their organisation, the majority (53%) said that they are currently fine and there is no improvement needed, with 23% saying that things are starting to pick up.

With regards to hiring intentions over the next three months, 33% of respondents said that they plan to up their number of contractors/temps, and 60% said that they expect to maintain.

Of those surveyed, 31% said that they plan to increase their temporary workers over the next year, with 64% saying that they are looking to maintain their numbers.

REC Chief Executive Kevin Green, said, “The soaring success of the UK jobs market is a direct result of businesses successfully adapting to the challenges faced in the recession.

“As this month’s figures show, flexibility has enabled our labour market to flourish. Employers are growing increasingly confident in the UK economy and making positive hiring decisions as they look forward to next year.”

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