By Jonathan London on 19th February 2015

Rate of freelance hiring continues to grow

The rate at which freelancers are being hired for projects has continued to grow, new research has found.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG’s latest Report on Jobs showed that the rate for both permanent and temporary placements had continued to rise throughout January, albeit at a slower rate than before.

The growth of temporary appointments was actually at the least marked increase that the report had seen since October 2014.

However, there was still a sharp growth in the demand for both permanent and temporary staff, with the report showing that the overall number of vacancies had risen at the strongest rate within three months.

Interestingly enough, the actual availability of contract staff was at the weakest rate it had been within 11 months, signifying just how in demand contractors are within the economy.

When it comes to pay, there was also a growth recorded for temporary roles, although it was at the lowest rate within nine months.

The Report on Jobs also signalled that there was a regional difference throughout January when it came to temporary roles becoming available, with them being more readily available in the Midlands. The weakest increase in temporary billings were actually found in the South.

The demand for temporary staff included all sectors, however it was nursing, medical and care that saw the strongest growth, while executive roles saw the slowest.

Chief executive of REC, Kevin Green, commented on the latest report saying that The number of vacancies for permanent and temporary jobs continues to increase rapidly as confident businesses expand their workforces.…

It’s encouraging to see these positive trends aren’t focused just in the South East, with all regions reporting rises in people finding jobs and pay increases with the North and the Midlands both reporting robust growth,… he added.

Jonathan London Written by Jonathan London

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