UK contractors in high demand

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Latest findings have revealed great news for the contracting sector with data showing high demand and increased rates of pay.

The recent IHS Markit/REC Report on jobs shows that temp billings expanded at the quickest rate in 2018 so far with sharp increases in contract/temporary roles.

And, with contract availability deteriorating at the quickest pace since November, this has led to further increases in rates of pay.

Looking at a regional analysis, Scotland led the way in terms of contract/temp billings growth. However, sharp increases were also recorded in the Midlands, London and the South of England, while the North of England noted the least marked rate of expansion.

Demand for temporary staff rose across all of the ten monitored job categories, led by Blue Collar and Engineering.

REC director of policy Tom Hadley, said, “Despite growth in demand for staff this month, we have seen another severe drop in staff availability. Whilst it is encouraging to see a rise in staff appointments for permanent and temporary staff, indicating that employers are feeling confident in making hiring decisions, a lack of candidates remains a major challenge for recruiters – particularly in areas like nursing, engineering, manufacturing and IT. Staff shortages are becoming business critical in many of these key sectors.

“Because of the lack of candidate availability we are seeing employers paying higher salaries to attract the right people. This is only part of the solution, with employers also having to think about providing a more flexible working environment and progression opportunities. With skills needs and candidate expectations continuing to evolve, employers are having to radically re-imagine their hiring procedures. Government can help by ramping up the UK skills base and ensuring a balanced and evidence-based immigration system.”

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