Category: umbrella

Opportunity for specialist IT umbrella contractors in 2012!

IT contractors working through umbrella companies will be pleased to see the results of a new survey by Compuware, which shows that 2012 could well see a ‘talent shortage’ in relation to mainframe experience. 520 CIOs were interviewed and 71% of them are anticipating a ‘significant skills shortage’ that will have a negative impact on Read More…

Reed and REC reports indicate good news for umbrella contractors

It’s good news all round for umbrella contractors as the latest Reed Recruitment Jobs Index shows the highest month on month increase in job opportunities for nearly two years, and the REC’s JobsOutlook confirms this trend. According to Reed there have been ‘impressive surges’ in the accountancy and marketing sectors in particular, with the IT Read More…

Vince Cable declares commitment to flexible workforce

We were very interested to hear Vince Cable’s speech this week, during which he stressed that ‘flexible labour markets are an essential component of a successful economy’. He went on to say that “It's essential they function in a way that employers have the confidence to take on new workers, create new jobs, so people Read More…

Umbrella contractors form part of a rapidly-expanding flexible workforce

Exciting news this week from new research by Kingston University and PCG! According to the findings of the study, contractors now make up one in 20 of the UK’s workforce, confirming what we already knew that contracting is a great way to work! Apparently the sector has grown by 12% over the last three years Read More…

Umbrella contractors poised to save the day again!

We know we must sympathise with other people’s hard times, but we couldn’t help but smile when we saw new research from HR specialists Curve Group this week. According to their research, 77% of the UK’s businesses are finding it seriously hard to recruit the permanent staff they need at the moment, leaving a huge Read More…

Industry analysis makes positive reading for umbrella IT contractors

We were excited to see that the IT Job Board has launched what it calls a ‘skills and pay rate monitor’ which is a new interactive online tool that will provide IT contractors who work through umbrella companies with up to the minute insight about which areas of expertise are most highly sought after in Read More…

Highlight on data security will drive demand for specialist skills

If comments by the Centre for Cyber Security this week are to be believed, then umbrella company contractors with specialist IT skills in data security could find themselves in high demand. According to Mark Dempster, an associate at the Centre, many UK businesses are at risk of losing sensitive data without even knowing it! And Read More…

Umbrella company contractors ‘an asset for productivity and business performance’

We were fascinated this week by the results of a new survey by Hudson Recruitment which looks at how umbrella company contractors are perceived in the workplace, and it was all good news! The survey of 700 UK employers found that 28% felt contractors were ‘more engaged’ with their work and ‘more productive’ than permanent Read More…

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