Umbrella company contractors will be interested to learn that uncertainty during the run-up to the EU referendum has resulted in permanent placements falling for the first time in four years.
UK businesses have instead been turning to contractors to protect them against any changes to their growth prospects.
The findings from the latest Markit/ Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) Report on Jobs revealed that despite the rate being at a nine month low due to the referendum, contract and temporary staff billings continued to increase during June.
Looking at growth within the contracting sectors, the report found that nursing / medical / care workers saw comfortably the sharpest rise in temporary vacancies during June, with hotel and catering staff in second place.
REC chief executive Kevin Green, commented, “Uncertainty during the run-up to the referendum saw many employers suspend permanent hiring and instead bring in temporary, contractor or interim staff to hedge against potential changes to their growth prospects.
“Whilst it is too early to assess what the impact of the vote to leave the EU will be on jobs, our data underlines the need for uncertainty to be minimised so that our economy and our labour market are not adversely affected. The best thing for business right now is clear and calm leadership and as much clarity as possible on what the post-EU future will look like.”