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Companies seeking temporary rather than permanent employees

Filed under: Recruitment General — Jonathan on August 30, 2012

More and more employers are looking to hire temporary workers in the UK to fill positions rather than taking on permanent staff, says the latest data on jobs by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies. This may be good news for those seeking contract information security jobs and other temporary positions, but workers looking to secure a more permanent position had better get in line.

The data from APSCo says that there was an increase in temporary job placements by seven per cent during the past year, with a fall of five per cent for permanent placements in that period.

This data offers a glimpse of the professional level recruitment market in the UK, with analysis covering all professional sectors from legal and accountancy to marketing, IT, engineering and banking.

While those professional positions continue to decrease for both temporary and permanent workers – a fall of 30 per cent and 19 per cent respectively – temporary professional placements are rising. The continual uncertainty in the economy has seen employers cut back on permanent staff expenditure until more certainty exists.

APSCo Chief Executive Ann Swain told OnRec:

“With the deepest double dip recession in 50 years, and amid on-going uncertainty over the Eurozone, employers’ confidence has taken a real dive. Many have turned to temporary workers in order to maintain their capacity, whilst not yet committing to any longer term increase in their overheads.”

APSCo says that in spite of the downturn, permanent professional recruitment has yet to reach the lows experienced in December last year. Compared to then, permanent placements are actually up by 25 per cent, with vacancies having increased by eight per cent.

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