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JobsOutLook report shows businesses are increasing contractor hiring

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Contractors will be very interested to learn that a new survey has shown that many UK businesses are still planning to increase the number of contractors they hire over the next 12 months.

The JobsOutLook report, published by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), surveyed 600 employers trading in the public, private and non-profit sectors, across the UK.

The employers were asked about their hiring intentions over the next quarter and the next year.  Of those surveyed, 38% plan to increase their use of contractors in the next three months (up 2% on last month) with 50% saying that they intend to maintain current numbers.

With regards to the upcoming 4-12 month period, 36% said that they plan to increase the amount of contractors they use, which is up 1% on last month.  And, 55% said that they will maintain their current level of use of agency workers.

REC director of policy Tom Hadley said of the findings, “Although the ONS reported a rise in unemployment last week, it is important to emphasise that the employment figures were also up.

“Currently it is small businesses that are the most cautious about hiring and we hope that announcements made by the Chancellor in the Budget to make it cheaper and easier to hire people, will help to boost business confidence in the future.”

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