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UK employers continue to value contractors

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The latest JobsOutlook report has revealed great news for contractors, with figures showing that employers are continuing to value the UK’s flexible workforce.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) recent JobsOutlook report surveyed 600 employers across the UK, questioning them about their hiring intentions over the next quarter and the next year. 

According to the report, employers continue to appreciate and value contractors, with nine of ten saying that they plan to either maintain or increase their use of temporary workers over the following 12 months.

The top three reasons given by respondents for using flexible workers are to manage peaks in demand, to cover leave or the short-term provision of a particular skill.

The REC figures show that in the next three months, over a third (36%) of employers plan to increase their use of contractors, which is up two points compared to September.

With regards to employer’s plans over the next 4-12 months, 30% will look to grow their number of temporary workers.

REC CEO Kevin Green commented, “It’s clear that as business picks up employers continue to appreciate the value of agency workers.

“Temporary agency workers are a vital part of the UK’s labour market, allowing employers to flex their workforce in response to fluctuating demand.

“Temp work is also a great way for people to get their foot in the door if they are after a permanent position. Nine out of ten employers tell us they have offered a permanent role to someone who started out at their business as an agency worker.”

Considering swapping the life of a permanent employee to a contractor? Then read our free downloadable guide to moving from permanent to contracting, you may also find our advantages and disadvantages of a Limited company page useful.

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