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Research Shows Employers Turning to Temps to Fill Key Roles

Temp office staff sizedFindings in the May 2017 JobsOutlook survey carried out by KPMG and the Recruitment and Employers Confederation (REC) show that almost half (46%) of employers anticipate a shortfall of candidates to fill permanent roles over coming months.

The regular quarterly survey of over 600 UK employers reveals that many businesses are looking to the temporary market to fill business-critical positions and hard-to-find skills, notably in engineering & technical, health & social care and the construction industries.

Of the businesses surveyed that use temporary workers, respondents said that they used temps for the following reasons:

  • 65% to manage peaks in demand
  • 57% to respond to growth
  • 48% to gain access to key strategic skills.

Data from the job posting site CV-Library showed that advertised job vacancies in the UK rose by 17.7 % in May 2017. The survey also showed that pay rates are increasing, with an average rise of 4.7% nationwide.

The May 2017 JobsOutlook survey shows that a third (33 per cent) of employers report having no spare workforce capacity within their organisation.

REC chief executive Kevin Green commented on the findings by saying, “This looks like a tipping point for the jobs market. Faced with chronic skills shortages, some employers are giving up on trying to fill permanent vacancies, and instead looking for temp resource to ensure they have the manpower needed to meet demand.”

Priority Appointments is a professional recruitment consultancy based in Basingstoke, Hampshire.  We help companies find people and people to find jobs in Basingstoke, Camberley, Andover, Farnborough, Aldershot, Winchester and the surrounding areas within Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire.  If you’d like us to help handpick your next employee please call us on 01256 334575.

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