Poll Confirms Rise in Demand for Flexible Staff

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23rd August 2011 15:25 - Business Support

The latest employers’ survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has shown that the ailing economy is causing an increasing long-term demand for flexible staff, along with the downgrading of a permanent workforce.

The JobsOutlook poll found the overall long-term demand for temporary staff has risen to 83%, with the employers who were surveyed saying their use of agency workers will either grow or stay the same during the next 12 months.

At 1.6 million, the overall number of temporary workers in the UK is at an all-time high. The rising trend is claimed to give employers increasing options to flex their workforce while the current economic conditions prevail.

REC’s Director of Research, Roger Tweedy, commented: “The fact that employers have reviewed their permanent hiring intentions this month is clearly a reflection of the uncertain economic context.”

He added: “With the economy continuing to stagnate, businesses will understandably remain cautious which is why we are seen an increase in the longer term demand for flexible staff such as temporary and contract workers. This is a timely reminder of how a flexible workforce to help employers meet peaks and troughs in demand for services and products during uncertain times.”

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