By Jonathan London on 5th August 2015

New report shows rising number of vacancies among UK companies

A new report from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has demonstrated the expanding range of employment opportunities available to freelancers and contract workers at the moment.

According to the organisation’s report, professional recruitment firms now have 12 per cent more vacancies on their books than this time last year, with pay rates increasing at the same time as companies become more keen than ever to access the skills they need to grow.

The number of temporary and contract vacancies has remained broadly steady across the professional staffing market, with the number of posts up by one per cent across the board, though a more pronounced rate of growth was seen in the finance and accounting industries, with the availability of vacancies increasing by nine per cent.

Median salaries across all sectors continued to improve at a steady rate, increasing by 6.2 per cent year on year. This exceeded the average salary rises reported by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which indicated that earnings including bonuses grew at an annual rate of 3.2 per cent in the three months to May 2015.

The most recent ONS data also indicated overall employment levels dipped by 67,000 in the three months to May 2015, but the APSCo analysis offers evidence that underlying trends in the jobs market remain healthier than these headline figures would perhaps indicate.

Ann Swain, chief executive of APSCo, said: “Organisations are scrambling to get their hands on the brightest talent, and only those that can offer attractive remuneration packages stand a fighting chance.”

She added: “As companies reach their saturation point in terms of output, they will face a choice between bringing on board more talent, or stunting their own growth prospects.”

With the CBI’s latest growth indicator showing that economic expansion in the three months to May reached its strongest rate since the same month last year, it is likely that new employment opportunities for freelancers will continue to become available.

Jonathan London Written by Jonathan London

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