The majority of permanent workers across Europe would quit their current role to take on their dream job in a contracting capacity, according to a new study by recruitment specialist Robert Walters.

The report found that while three-quarters of the respondents were currently fully employed, a sizeable 59% would become part of the flexible workforce to start an ideal job role, with one-quarter of these saying that the length of contract would not matter.

There is a disparity in the number of workers that would embrace flexible working depending on the country; for example, permanent workers in Ireland would be less likely to accept a temporary role unless it lasted longer than year, although more than one-quarter would still accept a role regardless of the duration.

Professionals across the continent are feeling very positive about their future prospects, with more than 80% revealing that their industry and career were heading in the right direction.

Robert Walters Ireland associate director Suzanne Feeney said the results show that both contractor and permanent workers are more confident about the economy and are more likely to embrace self-employment.

She added: “During the recession, people were hesitant to even move to another permanent position for fear of making the wrong choice.”

Ms Feeney continued: “The idea of moving from a permanent contract of employment to a temporary/contract one was practically unheard of and the majority of jobseekers would not have even considered it. This is a clear sign that confidence has returned amongst jobseekers and we are witnessing increased movement across markets as a result.”

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