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Permanent employment in significant decline


Contractors will be pleased to learn that the majority of hirers believe that permanent employment being the default option for most roles is an ‘ever-increasing downward trajectory’.

A survey carried out by TALint Partners (launched ahead of its talent leader event the Tipping Point) revealed that only 29% of internal hirers and recruiters feel permanent jobs will remain the default option for the workforce in the foreseeable future.

The results of this report suggest that the pace of growth in the gig economy will rapidly pick up speed.

Ken Brotherston, Managing Director of TALint Partners and host of the Tipping Point event, commented, “We all know the gig economy is growing rapidly, but a lot of employers have perhaps underestimated just how quickly the demand of candidates for traditional, permanent roles is dropping.

“The fact that so many internal hirers and recruiters are seeing such a rapid, and seemingly long-term change suggests a need to fundamentally re-think the current approach to perm vs temp roles. For those employers who believe that the ‘status quo’ is maintainable or desirable, these results suggest that they need to learn to be more flexible - and fast.”

“The challenge going forward is how businesses will cope with adapting to this evolution. We’re hoping that by bringing together industry leaders from the likes of APSCo, Adecco’s Group X, Credit Suisse and Manpower Group as part of our Tipping Point event, we can help hirers and recruiters better understand how to create the right environment for success in the future.”

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Lucy Smith is the Managing Director for ContractorUmbrella Ltd, one of the UK’s Most Respected Umbrella Companies and founder member of AllUmbrellaCompaniesAreEqual. Learn more about Lucy on Google.


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