The REC JobsOutlook survey has revealed that more UK employers are looking to hire contractors over the nest 12 months.
The JobsOutlook survey, carried out by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), reports the responses of 600 employers about their hiring intentions over the next quarter and the next year. These respondents are drawn from across the public, private and non-profit sector, and from across a range of industries and sizes of organisation.
Of those employers surveyed on their plans for contractor hiring, 48% predict that they will be increasing their use of temporary workers over the next three months, which is up one point from last month.
With regards to hiring plans over the following 12 months, 48% said that they plan to take on more contractors over the next 4-12 months, up 2 points from last month.
The REC’s chief executive Kevin Green said, “Employers are more able to find cash to reward staff as the economy picks up and confidence grows. We also know starting salaries for new joiners and hourly pay rates for temporary staff have increased sharply at the start of 2014. With inflation coming down, this all points to the squeeze on peoples’ pockets beginning to ease.
“Another factor for employers will be the growing scarcity of skilled candidates. As that becomes more apparent in a range of sectors from white collar IT and management roles, to drivers and caterers, businesses will be keen to do what they can to hang on to the staff they have.”
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