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Employers continue to hire contractors

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According to recent findings, contractors can rest assure that UK employer’s plans for their use of agency staff and other flexible workers, remains stable.

The latest JobsOutlook survey, carried out by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) questioned 600 employers about their hiring intentions over the next quarter.

Of those surveyed, 40% said that they plan to increase their use of contractors in the next three months, which is just one point lower than last month’s results.

The survey also found that 34% of employers are looking to increase their number of flexible workers within the next four to 12 months.  This is only two points less compared to the previous JobsOutlook report, showing that the contracting jobs market remains at a stable level.

REC chief executive Kevin Green said of the findings, “Our monthly survey remains consistent in its predictions of on-going growth in employment this year and into 2014.

“Employers are sounding more optimistic than last year. Four hundred thousand more people are in employment now than this time twelve months ago, proving the resilience of the UK’s labour market.

“Recovering from the recession may be taking longer than many would like but progress on jobs continues to outperform the rest of the economy.”

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