98% of employers intend to maintain or increase their use of temps in the next quarter as overall demand for staff continues to rise. This is according to the latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).
79% of employers referred to the need to gain ‘short-term access to key strategic skills’ of temporary workers as the reason for this demand. Employers now consider this to be the most important reason for hiring agency staff. 86% of employers also stated their intention to add to their permanent headcount over the next three months.
This regular monthly survey of 600 employers also found that:
– 95% of employers say they have little or no spare capacity to accommodate any form of increase in demand.
– In the past year, pay rises were twice as likely in the private (40%) as the public sector (20%), despite staffing increases being broadly similar across the sectors.
– Employers say driving and distribution skills are in short supply to fill both permanent (14%) and temporary (10%) roles over the next year.
This data shows that the vast majority of the businesses surveyed are operating at close to full capacity. However a continued lack of workers with the appropriate skills means that temporary staff are increasingly needed to fill areas of skills shortage.
Suzanne Sherriff works across all core industries, helping businesses on the south coast with temporary and contract positions. She says “The demand for temps is as high as ever locally. With capacity tight and employers already aware of candidate shortages, competition for top talent is becoming increasingly stiff. It means we have a great variety of roles available to workers looking for an interim position — get in touch if you are looking for a temporary contract.”