Category: umbrella

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…

Annual survey shows increasing demand for umbrella contractors

The REC’s latest Annual Industry Trends Survey, which came out last week, showed us that the UK’s recruitment industry has seen what’s been described as ‘extraordinarily healthy growth’ in turnover over the last year – and this has been, to a large extent, thanks to high demand for umbrella contractors. Turnover generated by permanent roles Read More…

City bidding war in progress over top IT talent

We were interested to see the new research from ReThink recruitment this week, which indicated that a ‘bidding war’ is taking place between City firms as they try to secure the IT expertise that they need. Not that we’re complaining of course, it can only be good news for umbrella contractors working in this very Read More…

Umbrella contractors in engineering and IT sectors are ‘in demand’ again

The Monster Employment Index for October also gave us cause for celebration this week – showing that demand for umbrella contractors in the core disciplines of IT and engineering has increased. Online demand for IT staff ‘bounced back’ after what was certainly an unexpected dip in September, leading the industry to determine that this was Read More…

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