The latest JobsOutlook survey from the REC suggests that Umbrella Company employees and other skilled individuals in the UK’s professional contracting community are poised to capitalise on rising confidence amongst the majority of the country’s employers.

The monthly survey of 600 employers found that almost three quarters (74 per cent) of them believe that confidence in economic conditions is rising. A consequence of this optimism is that many businesses are now changing their hiring strategy to take advantage of the better opportunities that are becoming available. Virtually all the employers polled (98 per cent) said they will either maintain or increase their use of agency workers, which of course includes Umbrella Company employees and other independent professionals.

94 per cent of the respondents conceded that without more staff, their capacity to take on additional work was limited. 80 per cent are planning to increase their permanent headcounts over the next three months.

Commenting on the findings, the REC’s Chief Executive Kevin Green said that in their poll responses employers were consistently emphasising the importance to them of temporary workers, particularly in areas where skills shortages were apparent.

He added:

“People with managerial experience are especially in demand, and this points to the need within many businesses to implement changes in order to boost productivity.

“More generally we are seeing employers shift their focus away from hiring new staff in order to concentrate on getting the most out of the people they already have. This is good news for workers who should see more training opportunities and incentives being offered, potentially including increases in pay.”

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