Contractors working for umbrella companies in London will be interested in the latest survey from the recruitment specialist Poolia. The study found that three out of every four temporary workers polled, a proportion of whom would have worked for PAYE umbrella companies, saw their job opportunities either increase or remain constant during the last twelve months.

Well over half of the respondents (60 per cent) confirmed that they intended to enrol for study on courses leading to professional qualifications in 2011, a finding which suggests that the UK’s flexible workforce includes a large proportion of skilled people who are highly motivated toward ongoing professional development. 40 per cent reported that their pay rates had remained stable during the year, whilst a third revealed that their pay had actually increased during 2010.

Commenting on the study, Poolia’s Operations Director, Gavin Warner said that his firm’s customers are reporting that they’re likely to sustain temporary worker levels through to 2011. Opportunities have been highest in the financial services, banking and retail sectors, he noted, adding that “anyone with skills and experience who is able to build flexibility into their work structure will be well placed to find great short-term opportunities in the coming year.”

The study coincides with remarks made to small business owners by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s Director of Policy, Tom Hadley. Mr Hadley urged small firms to make greater use of the UK’s contractor and temporary workers, whom he maintained can deliver “vital flexibility” to companies seeking to grow in a challenging economic environment.

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