In what was a strong month for recruitment in the IT and Computing sector, umbrella companies are gaining hope that they, along with their contractors, will be able to see a rise in jobs in this sector.

According to a report published by the Recruitment and Employment Federation (REF) at the beginning of April, the IT and Computing sectors saw an eight-month high reached when it came to permanent jobs being made available, representing a significant growth in the industry. As employers face a slowdown in the number of available candidates, more companies could now request the services of contractors as they bid to fill the increasing gaps in their workloads.

Tom Hadley, Director of Policy and Professional Services for the Recruitment and Employment Federation said of the report: “This is good news for job-seekers and a positive indication of increasing employer confidence. Recent tax changes announced in the Budget, the Youth Contract and reductions in red tape for businesses that came into effect this month should further boost employer confidence and accelerate hiring activity. The benefits of flexible staffing arrangements are well established and other REC data provides some positive indications in terms of the outlook for temporary work in the UK.”

With the Recruitment and Employment Federation recently calling on the government to address legislation in a bid to make it more streamlined to help recruitment agencies with the stress they are currently facing when it comes to hiring people, reports are showing that employers are keen to maintain or even increase their temporary workforce.

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