More encouraging news for jobbing PAYE umbrella contractors has emerged in the form of the latest Job Watch survey from the international recruitment firm Adecco.

We reported last week on the latest JobsOutlook report from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, which revealed that demand for core contractor disciplines was faring remarkably well given the incipient panic in the eurozone and the stubborn absence of growth in the UK. Now Adecco reveals that, according to its poll of UK employers, general staffing rose modestly (by 1.11%) during May, bringing the rise in the total number of vacancies since the start of 2012 to 11.5%.

Of particular interest to contractors working through either umbrella companies or limited companies is the news that temporary billings rose steeply in the legal and telecoms sectors. Temporary roles were becoming less prevalent, however, in the media and creative industries, and it will come as little surprise for most readers to find that demand for permanent staff again fell in the public sector. The REC/KPMG Report on Jobs for May, however, revealed a surprise rise in demand for IT contracting roles in the public sector, especially in health.

Commenting on the report, Adecco UK’s managing director, Steven Kirkpatrick, said that the results “paint a picture of overall stability in the UK job market.” Furthermore, he added, a tentative optimism amongst employers was evidenced by distinct pockets of growth in a number of sectors.

Mr Kirkpatrick concluded by saying: “Jobseekers should take comfort in this and remain positive, whilst taking a thorough approach to applying for jobs, as competition remains tough.”

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