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Manchester ahead of London in ‘just-in-time talent’ for temp roles

Published: Wednesday 27th May 2015

Manchester ahead of London in providing ‘just-in-time talent’ for short notice temp roles. Manchester is ahead of the curve in job and industry growth, Zoek can reveal. In the midst of a talent shortage, Manchester is outperforming London in providing ‘just-in-time talent’ to fill short notice temporary positions in the community and health care, retail and hospitality sectors. In fact, hours worked in Manchester in the community and health care sector doubled between the second and last quarter of 2014, mirroring the current requirement for more nurses and care workers on a national scale.

Temp Roles analysis in Manchester

Our analysis of 3.8 million hours of work performed by Manchester’s temporary workforce in 2014, examining trends around the use of temporary workers in Manchester and the surrounding areas. Our research found 10-15% of all temporary recruitment placements come up just-in-time, arising in the same week that a candidate has to start work, often due to absence or demand. 56% of these vacancies had opened and needed a candidate to start in the same day.

This trend has been exacerbated by rapid expansion amongst key sectors at all salary levels, evidenced by the number of hours worked, as some workers are beginning to choose temporary working as a lifestyle choice. Manchester’s doubling of hours undertaken by temps in the community and health care sector between the second and last quarter of 2014, is compared to an increase of just 41.6% in hours worked in London in this sector, despite the Capital being more densely populated.

The Hulme Arch Bridge and Beetham Tower on a skyline of Manchester, England.

Manchester outperforming London for Retail temp roles

Manchester is also outperforming London in the retail and hospitality sectors, reaffirming that demand for temporary workers remains high, with a rise of 18.8% in sites using temps between the second and last quarter of 2014, whilst the Big Smoke saw a dip of 0.7%.  Greater Manchester also beat London in the retail and hospitality sectors with regard to working hours undertaken by temps, finishing on a record 87% in the last quarter of 2014, compared to just 40.2% in London.

Additionally our research discovered a trend that Manchester’s working week is tipping towards a 5pm to 9am working pattern, as opposed to the 9-5 working pattern. There is a trend emerging in evening and weekend shifts, moving away from the traditional Monday to Friday routine. These new working patterns are helping to meet this increased demand for ‘just-in-time talent’, with Manchester proving to be more responsive than London in fulfilling these out-of-hours temp role requirements, particularly in the community and health care sector.

This is evidenced by the 69.6% increase in hours worked by Manchester’s temporary workforce at the weekend in the last quarter of 2014 and the phenomenal increase of 149% in hours employees have worked in the evenings, in contrast to 51.3% and 33.5% increases respectively in London.

Talent wanted. Hiring concept.

Matthew Sanders, CEO of Zoek

Matthew Sanders, CEO of Zoek, commented: “As the third biggest city in the UK, it is great to see that Manchester is contributing toward our vision of a Northern Powerhouse, where engines needs to be running continuously, at all hours. “With the rising requirement for employees to work more unsociable hours, employers are becoming increasingly reliant on the ‘just-in-time’ placement of workers to keep our key city functioning 24/7.  “Despite this growing challenge, Manchester is becoming expert in its knowledge of real-time worker availability, having the agility to cope with fulfilling these out-of-hours temp roles and successfully starting to target the underemployed workforce”.

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