The Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s Jobs Outlook for September 2011 indicates that demand for contractors will be remain at the current level or increase over the next 12 months. Just under two thirds of employers surveyed are planning to keep their contractor workforce at the same level, and a further 22% expect to increase the number of non-permanent staff over the next three months. At an overall level 86% of employers are planning to maintain or increase the number of non-permanent staff they have over the next 12 months. This is clear indication of how much value employers are now putting on building a level of flexibility into their workforce.
Director of Research at the REC Roger Tweedy said that this demand for contractors has been helped by the ongoing economic uncertainty, adding, “Despite the imminent introduction of the Agency Workers Regulations, employers are still looking to build flexibility into their workforces while an overall air of uncertainty prevails in the jobs market. With economic predictions remaining downbeat, many employers are deferring any commitment to determining the future shape of their permanent workforces until a clearer picture emerges.”