Category: umbrella

REC JobsOutlook report positive for umbrella contractors in short and longer term

Good news for umbrella contractors this week as the latest JobsOutlook from the REC indicates that the short term outlook for umbrella contractors is ‘surprisingly good’ as 82% of the 600 UK employers surveyed said they plan to increase their non-permanent headcounts over the next three months. Longer term, 84% said they planned to increase Read More…

IT umbrella contractors in increasing demand

Exciting figures from the Monster Employment Index in December show that online demand for IT staff increased by 17% overall during last year, with the Index hitting a six month high. All of which makes great reading for the UK’s IT contractors who work through umbrella companies. It’s a positive increase across the board, with Read More…

New focus on contractor talents in the ‘Human Age’

New research from top recruiter Manpower has identified umbrella contractors as a key part of future global development, citing them as ‘a core component of the contingent workforce’ which will help companies to succeed in the ‘human age’. These research findings were presented at the World Economic Forum (WEF) by Jeff Joerres, Manpower’s Group Chairman Read More…

Contractors in the manufacturing sector must look in the right places

A new Executive Survey from EEF, ‘the most powerful force backing UK manufacturing’, has shown that the manufacturing sector as a whole is moving at two different speeds, making it clear that umbrella contractors who work in this vital sector must target the right businesses for their next opportunity. Electronics and metals should be avoided, Read More…

Falklands oil finds will provide opportunity for adventurous UK umbrella contractors!

UK oil and gas contractors working through umbrella companies have some excellent news in the pipeline, with recent drilling successes being announced in the Falkland Islands. In fact, industry experts have said that around  8.3 billion barrels will come from the Falkland Islands’ waters in 2012, a figure that is three times the UK reserves. Read More…

Hiring intentions for non-permanent staff still positive according to REC

The REC’s latest monthly JobsOutlook report showed a positive trend for umbrella contractors, with 27% of employers intending to expand their non-permanent staff, and 57% planning to keep levels the same – making 84% on total who are not planning any reductions in their flexible working arrangements. In the same survey, we noted that the Read More…

More demand for umbrella IT contractors than permanent IT staff

New figures released this week by Jobsadwatch made very interesting reading for IT umbrella contractors, with over 25% more IT contracts becoming available in the last quarter of 2011 when compared to the same time frame in 2010. Financial institutions and software development houses led the way in this growth, showing a 5.1% increase when Read More…

Worldwide IT spending to rise to £2.45 trillion in 2012 says Gartner

Gartner’s latest projections made positive reading for IT umbrella contractors this week – with predictions of a worldwide increase in spending on IT of 3.7% during 2012. That might not sound like much, but in real terms it would mean worldwide IT spending rising to £2.45 trillion during the year, as organisations invest in new Read More…

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