REC October Jobs Outlook largely positive for umbrella contractors
(2 minutes to read)
We were pleased to note that the REC's latest JobsOutlook gives clear signs that employers are getting more confident about their longer term hiring plans and about growing their workforce over the next 12 months. In fact, a huge 82% of those interviewed are planning to either maintain or increase their use of non-permanent staff in both the short and longer term. This confirms that the vast majority of employers are not planning to reduce their use of agency staff, despite the new Agency Worker Regulations which came into force earlier this month.
The REC’s Director of Research Roger Tweedy confirmed this positive development by saying, “The underlying trend this month is one of improvement in employers’ optimism about their future hiring intentions. Though the overall scores have only fluctuated slightly over the past month, the last three months of data show that there are definite signs that confidence is returning. The ongoing feedback from recruitment professionals confirms that businesses in many sectors are still looking to attract workers with the right talent despite the difficult economic climate. This explains the slight upturn in hiring intentions and confirms that job opportunities are still out there.”
All good news for umbrella contractors as the landscape continues to stabilise!