By Jonathan London on 28th September 2015

Companies ‘looking to temporary workers to bolster growth potential’

Companies 'looking to temporary workers to bolster growth potential'

Freelancers and self-employed people will continue to find plenty of opportunities to work with UK companies seeking to access short-term skills in the coming months, according to a new report.

The latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has indicated that 74 per cent of British employers believe that confidence in the economic climate is improving, with many businesses changing their hiring strategy to make the most of the available opportunities.

Polling 600 employers, the organisation found that 98 per cent say they are planning to either maintain or increase their reliance on agency workers, with 80 per cent planning to increase their number of permanent workers in the next three months.

It was shown that 73 per cent use agency workers to provide key strategic skills, while 48 per cent said they have moved at least one temporary worker to permanent status in the last three months.

The report also revealed that 44 per cent of hirers expect confidence in hiring and investment decisions to get better, though employers expect to see a shortage of workers with professional and managerial skills, technical and engineering skills, and driving and distribution skills for both permanent and temporary roles in the coming year.

REC chief executive Kevin Green said: “Employers are consistently telling us about the importance of temporary workers, especially in areas where there are skills shortages. People with managerial experience are especially in demand, and this points to the need within many businesses to implement changes in order to boost productivity.”

He added that companies are also investing more time in developing the staff they already have, meaning many workers can expect to see more training opportunities and incentives being offered, as well as possible increases in pay.

Jonathan London Written by Jonathan London

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