According to the latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment And Employment Federation (REC), 98% of all businesses are reporting that they are unable to take on more business without relying on temp jobs to meet skills’ needs. More than eight in ten, or 84%, say that this year they are sourcing key strategic skills from agencies, up from a level of just 55% in 2013.
Key figures for employers and recruiters on temporary workers
The monthly report from the REC identified a number of key factors that will affect both recruitment and agency jobs over the coming year:
•97% of employers plan to increase or maintain current number of agency workers in the next three months.
•98% say they will increase or maintain the number of agency workers they source over the next 4-12 months.
•62% plan to hire more permanent employees in the next three months.
•70% say they will increase permanent staff over the next 4-12 months.
•62% of employers say that agency workers earn more than if they were employed on a permanent basis.
Signs of recovery
What the survey does highlight is continued growth in the UK economy. Last year, more than one in five employers (22%) increased their workforce, while only 5% took action to reduce the cost of labour, such as redundancies or a recruitment freeze.
Right now, there are certainly a lot of vacancies for temporary workers around. According to statistics from ONS (Office for National Statistics), the UK had the highest number of vacancies in the first quarter of this year since 2008. At 743,000, that’s 20% more than in the same period in 2014. What’s more, this growth has been across all agency jobs, in both temporary and permanent categories.
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