According to research published this month, UK employers are increasingly likely to appoint agency workers amidst the continuing reduction in confidence in the economy.

The JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), a monthly survey detailing the hiring intentions of UK employers, found that the market had shifted. The sentiment for hiring agency workers in the short-term had increased by 10% compared to the previous month.

“The more positive figures on hiring for temporary workers suggest that many businesses are turning to agency work to help them navigate the unpredictability they currently face. At Orbital, we’ve certainly seen this. Factors such as waiting to see whether permanent recruitment is justified, or by using additional labour to meet demand rather than making recruitment commitments.”

Comments Mark Burton, Director.

When asked about economic conditions in the country as a whole 13% of employers said they were getting better, while 44% believed they were getting worse, 57% lower than in June 2016. Brexit is considered the biggest factor in all uncertainties.

The availability of an agency (temporary) workforce

Following this quarter’s improvement in anticipated demand for temporary workers, the JobsOutlook survey reported that 34% of employers intending to hire temporary workers expressed concern over the availability of agency workers with the necessary skills – however, availability isn’t a concern at Orbital Recruitment.

“We’ve helped many clients overcome this by seeking alternative pools of resource and updating their working patterns to help accommodate these. No two clients’ needs are the same and it’s our approach to problem-solving that means our clients can rely on us to provide the service they need”

Adds Helen Younger, Operations Director.

Short on resource and considering agency support?

We’re here to help, covering a variety of industries from engineering to warehousing – we’re the perfect partner to provide a solid link between candidate and employer. For more information about our services, get in touch with a member of our team who will be delighted to help.

Orbital Recruitment is a supplier of personnel for both temporary and permanent vacancies to companies throughout the UK. Find out more about the recruitment services we offer or call 0333 323 2121 to speak to a member of the team who will be happy to help.