Recruitment Agencies In Demand As Temps Required

Demand for temporary workers is rising, leading to a busy period for recruitment agencies, according to the latest figures from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

The research, carried out among 400 recruitment agencies, found a drop in permanent job vacancies but an increase in jobs for temporary or contract staff.

In other positive news, the amount billed by recruitment agencies for temporary staff and contractors was also up in November for the 28th month in a row.

The REC and KPMG Report on Jobs found that fees are up for both permanent staff and temps, although only marginally. 

Bernard Brown, Partner and Head of Business Services at KPMG, said that it was hoped that the Government’s recent stimulus package, which includes measures aimed at removing barriers to the recruitment process and business growth, would boost jobs and see the statistics in the survey improve over the coming months. 

Brown commented, “Bright spots in an otherwise gloomy data set were that the agencies surveyed reported rising demand in permanent placements for engineering and construction staff ahead of this time last year, and demand also rose for IT and computing staff, together with the executive/professional and secretarial/clerical categories.”

Geoff Newman, chief executive of online recruitment agency RecruitmentGenius.com was particularly surprised by these findings given recent legislation.

“The recent agency workers regulation has made long-term temporary workers largely unaffordable and we are aware this has negatively impacted on temps. When the legislation is taken into consideration these results are even better than expected. Historically an increase in temporary workers has also been a good indication an economy is entering a recovery phase. I really hope this is the case.”

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