A recent report has found that contractor rates of pay have significantly increased during February.
The latest Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG Report on Jobs show that temporary staff pay increased at the fastest pace since last July.
Regional reports revealed that Midlands-based agencies signalled the strongest increase in temp billings during February, while growth was slowest in the South.
Private sector demand for temporary staff also grew at a series-record pace.
With regards to the different sectors, it was the nursing/medical/care that remained in top position for being most in demand during February.
REC CEO Kevin Green said, “The positive trend of rising vacancies continues and this is supported by our JobsOutlook data on employers’ hiring intentions that shows businesses will be taking on more workers in 2014 as their confidence grows.
“However the number of candidates available to fill vacancies continues to fall and this is becoming a business critical issue in highly skilled roles.”
Bernard Brown, Partner and Head of Business Services at KPMG, comments, “Those in the North are recruiting hardest and fastest, and even the slowest area – in London – is seeing a marked increase. The hope now must be that employees and employers rethink their approach and the clash of confidence is replaced by a meeting of minds.”
Simon Dolan is the Sales & Marketing Manager for Contractor Umbrella Ltd, one of the UK’s Most Respected Umbrella Companies and founder member of AllUmbrellaCompaniesAreEqual.
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