Temp and contractor hiring rises in permanent candidate drought
by Alan Little
20 July 2017, Comments 0
Nearly a fifth of UK employers spanning all sectors want to appoint more permanent staff, but candidate shortages mean that they are likely to turn instead to temporary/contracting staff, the latest JobsOutlook survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) suggests. The survey, which polled 607 employers across all regions, sectors and the public/private sector between 28th March and 21st June this year, found that 19 per cent of employers are actively seeking to expand their permanent headcounts over the coming three months. However, 45 per cent conceded that they expect significant candidate shortages for permanent roles over the next 12 months. The report concludes that businesses will manage this shortfall by turning to contracting professionals and other temporary staff to meet demand. The chief findings of the latest survey are as follows:
- Just over a third of employers (34 per cent) currently have no spare capacity and will need to recruit should demand increase.
- Nearly nine-tenths (87 per cent) plan to increase their use of temporary/contracting workers over the coming three months.
- Just under a quarter (24 per cent) move at least half of their temporary workers to permanent roles every year.