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A recent survey has revealed that there are more and more nurses and teachers choosing the contracting path, with ‘disillusionment with permanent employment in the public sector’ being a big factor.

New research by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) in partnership with the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) found that agency nurses and supply teachers cited a better work-life balance, the ability to pick and choose when they worked and escaping stress and office politics as a main driver to leaving permanent employment.

It was also revealed that both the nurses and teachers surveyed reported that the flexibility that temporary work allowed them was a much bigger incentive than pay.

REC chief executive Kevin Green, commented, “When we speak to agency nurses and supply teachers they say they’ve made a positive choice to work this way because they want the freedom and flexibility to work where and when they choose.

“Being a nurse or a teacher is a hugely demanding job which comes with all sorts of pressures so it’s no surprise that some experienced professionals want to achieve a better work/life balance. For too long employers in the public sector have ignored this desire for flexibility when they should instead use it to develop ways to retain their talent and attract more people into these jobs to alleviate skills shortages.” 

Daniele Cantello is an Contract Manager for Contractor Umbrella Ltd, one of the UK’s Most Respected Umbrella Companies. Learn more about Daniele on Google.

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