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Economic uncertainty increases demand for temps

BY Richard Woods
Employment law
BG Purple

According to the latest Jobs Outlook survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), employers have increased their use of flexible staffing but plan to reign back their plans to increase their permanent workforce, as economic uncertainty continues.

The survey highlighted a reduction in the number of employers that said they are planning to increase their permanent workforce in the next three months - down from 74% to 67%. 

So far as their longer-term plans are concerned, 49% of employers said that they expect to expand their permanent workforce over the next 12 months, compared with 66% last month. 

Conversely, there has been an increase in the number of employers looking to increase their use of agency staff. Some 83% of employers predict their use of temporary staff to either increase or remain the same, an increase from 80% last month. 

The REC said that this shift reflects ongoing economic uncertainty and confirms that the need for flexible staffing will not be unduly affected by the forthcoming Agency Workers Regulations. 

To see how the Agency Worker Regulations (which come into force on 1st October) will affect your organisation why not book a place on our forthcoming 90 minute Seminars in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow? 

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