According to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) latest JobsOutlook, which included a survey of 200 employers, more of them will be looking to employ contractors over the next quarter. In fact, according to the report, 88% of employers will make use of this source of labour over the next three months. This represents a 2% improvement on last month, highlighting the increasing importance of a flexible workforce to many hirers.
Roger Tweedy, the REC’s director of research, said the findings show the ‘vital role’ which contractors are now playing in helping to sustain the fragile economic recovery – providing a ‘bridge in capacity’ until employers begin to grow their permanent workforce’s more significantly in the Autumn. The current demand for contractors is spearheading the jobs market and again reinforces the importance of a flexible workforce while the economic recovery continues.
Other industry experts have supported these findings and agree it’s clear that clients are favouring the flexible staffing model, as a ‘safeguard against any lingering uncertainties about the strength of the recovery.’ The latest REC JobsOutlook survey also reveals a marked drop in the number of employers who are planning to make redundancies to their workforce in the next three months.