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Contractors will find themselves in demand over the following year

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Employers have predicted a rise in demand for contractors, finds the latest JobsOutlook report.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) most recent survey, which questions 600 employers across the UK about their hiring intentions over the next quarter and next year, found that demand for flexible workers has increased 9% in the last month to 44%.

The JobsOutlook report, which questions respondents from across the public, private and non-profit sector and from across a range of industries and sizes of organisation, revealed that 45% plan to increase their use of contractors within the next three months, which is up 9% since last month. 

With regards to the next 4–12 months, the REC report found that 30% of employers are looking to take on more contractors and other flexible staff within this time frame.

The survey also found that one in four employers (24%) plan to take on seasonal staff this Christmas.

REC chief executive Kevin Green, said, “This is fantastic news for people looking for work around the UK with managers on the lookout for temporary and permanent staff and in the build up to Christmas and beyond.

“There are also signs that consumer confidence is returning and that people are beginning to spend again because demand for workers is outstripping supply in the logistics and hospitality sectors. The rise in consumer confidence is also likely to impact on job fluidity as increased opportunities in the jobs market will allow people to take the next step in their career.”

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