A rise in businesses turning to contractors

Professional businesses have started to increase relying on contractors rather than permanent staff to meet their staffing needs according to recent figures.

Agency body, APSCo, reported that temporary placements are up by four per cent in the last year, while the number of new permanent jobs in the professional recruitment market has continued to fall, with a two per cent drop in the number of available jobs in the same period.

Ann Swain, Chief Executive for APSCo, said: “We’re seeing a very continuous trend in the professional recruitment market towards the hiring of temporary staff in preference to permanent staff. Businesses still don’t have the confidence to make permanent hires when they can use temporary staff instead.

Hopefully the UK’s recent positive GDP figures will prove to be a shot in the arm for UK professional service firms, and lead to more confident permanent hiring of staff.

“Whilst an increase in temporary placements may not appear good news as permanent hires fall, the use of contract workers is offering a great deal of flexibility to both employers and employees.”

APSCo’s monthly jobs data report provides a snapshot of the UK’s professional recruitment market across all professional-level sectors including financial services, marketing, engineering and legal services.

APSCo says that the sector to have seen the strongest growth in temporary placements is the marketing and media sector, which saw a seven per cent rise in placements in the last year.

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