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Skilled professionals contracting as Umbrella Company Employees may be tempted north of the border in light of new findings by recruitment firm Robert Half. A new poll has revealed that 40% of HR directors in Scotland are planning to expand their headcounts this year; however, virtually all of them fear that a skills shortage will hamper their hiring intentions.

85% of the 200-plus respondents surveyed in the latest Professional Hiring Index report from Robert Half admitted concerns about losing their top performers and many were worried that a lack of niche technical expertise and commercial acumen in the existing Scottish professional jobs market would set serious limits to their hiring and growth plans.

Commenting on the findings, Robert Half UK’s Scottish associate director, Kris Flanagan, said: “We are witnessing the typical post-recessionary power shift, with rapidly increasing demand for niche skills and commercial acumen affording candidates a position of strength from which to negotiate. Scottish firms looking to expand their employee base are likely to drive up wages with the increased competition for the most sought-after professionals. Companies who want to attract skilled employees will need to look once again towards generous remuneration packages.”

Firms may also need to compete, Mr Flanagan said, to offer the best flexible working arrangements to attract staff.

Despite uncertainties about the outcome of the forthcoming general election, the Scottish professional jobs market appears to be in robust health. If the talent needed is in short supply, however, Scottish employers may well find themselves enticing contractors to take on the roles necessary for growth and business-critical missions.


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