The recent JobsOutlook report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has reported encouraging statistics for the UK’s temporary recruitment industry.

Three in four (74%) employers believing that confidence in the economic climate is improving, and that businesses are changing their hiring strategy to make the most of available opportunities.

With 94% of businesses reporting to have limited capacity to take on more work without more staff, almost all employers (98%) say they will either maintain or increase their reliance on agency workers. Eight in ten (80%) plan to increase their number of permanent workers in the next three months.

The regular monthly survey of 600 employers also found that:

  • Forty-four per cent of hirers said that they expect confidence in hiring and investment decisions to get better.
  • Almost half (48%) have moved at least one temporary worker to permanent status in the last three months.
  • Three in four (73%) use agency workers to provide ‘key strategic skills’.

Key opportunities for temporary agency workers to develop permanent roles

Over the next year, employers expect to see a shortage of workers with professional and managerial skills, technical and engineering skills, and driving and distribution skills for both permanent and temporary roles.

Mark Burton, Director of Orbital Recruitment comments:

“Employers are consistently telling us about the importance of temporary workers. People with managerial experience are especially in demand, and this points to the need within many businesses to implement changes in order to boost productivity.

 We are definitely seeing an increase in employers shift their focus away from hiring new staff in order to concentrate on getting the most out of the people they already have. This could be good news for temporary contractors who may see greater potential within their role to progress into full time contracts.”  

What is the JobsOutlook Report?

The REC’s JobsOutlook publication surveys a representative sample of employers every month about their short and medium-term plans for hiring permanent and temporary staff

The report features original survey data which provides a comprehensive monthly insight into the permanent and temporary recruitment, vacancies in all regions and sectors of the UK labour market.

The report provides Orbital Recruitment with inclusive understanding of the recruitment market today, which provides vital insight into shaping the service offering to clients and employees alike.

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By Helen Younger

Orbital Recruitment are a supplier of personnel for both temporary and permanent vacancies to companies throughout the UK. A specialist in delivering bespoke recruitment solutions tailored to companies needs. Find out more about the recruitment services we offer or call 0333 323 2121 to speak to a consultant.