UK businesses plan to recruit many more temps, reveals the latest REC JobsOutlook…
On comparing their intentions against last month, employers are:
- 10 percentage points more likely to recruit temporary workers within the short-term. In terms of REC data, this means within the next 3 months.
- 9 percentage points more likely to recruit temps across the medium-term (4 to 12 month period).
Why this may surprise some:
You could think this is a mark of increased business confidence. However, companies report a further reduced confidence in the nation’s ‘economic prospects’.
In fact, this particular reading has now reached a record low – and currently sits 57 percentage points below its June 2016 findings.
Plans to recruit permanent staff have fallen by 1 percentage point for the short-term period and by 3 percentage points for the medium-term period. Although, both ratings remain positive overall: with a net balance of +16 and +19 respectively.
That said, businesses worry they won’t find the right temps:
- 34% (1/3) of employers express concern about finding enough skilled candidates to fill their temporary roles.
- 46% of businesses additionally worry about obtaining permanent employees.
These figures are less surprising when you consider that the UK has achieved record unemployment rates, with less than 4% of the population unemployed.
So, there’s great news for temps. But is temping for you?
Temporary work offers multiple benefits to employees. These include:
- A flexible solution for those looking for work for a specific period – whether ad hoc assignments or longer-term bookings.
- The chance to develop new skills and experiences and enhance your CV in the process.
- A deeper insight into working cultures and local businesses. Helping you work out your priorities for permanent roles if this is a future goal.
- Regular pay: you’ll be paid weekly (following those weeks worked), rather than monthly.
- You’ll still accrue holiday pay, further enhancing the flexibility of your role.
Remember, there is no guarantee of finding regular temporary work, even though this is the case for many. To this end, it’s not recommended to leave a permanent role to temp unless you’ve got the financial backing to do so!
You can search for temporary and contract jobs using our job search dropdown tool. Due to the nature of temporary work, roles can be filled swiftly. So, it’s also worth emailing your CV along with a cover email detailing your availability. Here’s what else you should include.
To book a temp, please call the office on 01225 313130 or email us to discuss your requirements.