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Umbrella company contractors will be pleased to hear that latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have found that unemployment has fallen by 49,000 between July and September, while employment has risen by 100,000.

Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) chief executive, Kevin Green, said of the report, “Today’s figures are really good news. On a day where there are strikes across Europe because of rising unemployment, jobs figures in the UK are getting better and better.

“We expect to see on-going growth in flexible working. There are opportunities across a whole range of jobs and sectors for interims and contractors, not just the low-paid or low-skilled ones that are often associated with temping.

“However, it is important that the government does not get complacent. Flexible working options are a core strength of our labour market and must not be stifled by over-regulation. There is still a lot of work to be done to help the long-term unemployed get back into work and to improve the process of getting youngsters into their first jobs.”

The recent Reed Job Index found very similar results, revealing that the hiring in umbrella service contractors, freelancers and permanent sectors has risen steadily month-on-month, and overall, job billings were eight per cent up compared to this time last year.


Shaun Parry is the Business Development Manager for Contractor Umbrella, one of the UK’s Most Respected and Compliant Umbrella Companies. You can learn more about Contractor Umbrella by connecting with us on Google+.”

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