UK employers plan to increase contractor hiring

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Umbrella company contractors might be interested to learn that many UK employers who have had difficulty filling vacancies have as a result increased the rates being offered.

The REC’s latest JobsOutlook survey of 600 employers found that in an attempt to attract candidates after failing with an initial advertisement, 80% of employers re-advertised the role.

It was also revealed that 19% of employers plan to increase their contractor headcount in the medium term, with 12% planning to do so in the short term.  

Data shows that it is the engineering/technical, drivers and the hospitality sector that are the top three areas where employers expect a shortage of suitable contract and temporary workers.

REC chief executive Kevin Green says, commented, “The good news is that while we have record employment, employers have no intention of halting hiring. If you’re ready and willing to move jobs, you could benefit from an increase in pay.

“However, throwing money at the problem isn’t a long-term solution for employers, as they compete with each other for the available talent. 

“The short supply of skilled candidates is likely to get worse. Many sectors of the economy are dependent on EU workers. The government has got to design an immigration system which enables businesses to fill the roles they have available and keeps public services up and running. If it becomes harder for EU nationals to work here and employers can’t fill their jobs, they will have little choice but to outsource the work overseas or automate it.”  


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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