Employers turn to temporary workers to fuel recovery

  • Reed Job Index shows growth in new temporary jobs outpacing permanent work
  • 32% increase in temporary job vacancies in the past year
  • West Midlands and North East experience the biggest growth in temporary employment

Employers are turning to temporary and contract workers to fill skills shortages brought about by economic growth and a recovering permanent jobs market, according to new figures from reed.co.uk.

The number of temporary jobs available in the UK has grown by more than 32% in the last year, compared to 30% growth in permanent vacancies.

The top growth sectors for temporary jobs advertised are the retail (+135%), security (+95%), strategy & consultancy (+91%) and energy (+80%) sectors. West Midlands has seen the highest levels of annual growth (61%), closely followed by the North East (60%).

Commenting on the latest figures, James Reed, Chairman of reed.co.uk, said:

“The recent increase in temporary vacancies is a positive by-product of an increasingly buoyant jobs market. More confidence means more movement within the market and temporary and contract workers are helping to fill important skills gaps.

“Many employers like the flexibility that temporary staff offer and, for candidates, a temporary assignment or contract role can be an excellent way to demonstrate suitability and secure a permanent position.

“We’ve recently started asking temporary workers to let us know of their availability via our website and more than 50,000 responded in the first week, showing a very clear demand for this type of work.”

Other findings from the Reed Job Index include:

  • In the wider jobs market, the sectors boasting the strongest growth in employment opportunities were transport & logistics (+69%YOY), leisure & tourism (+61%) and legal (+55%).
  • Education shows the strongest month on month growth (29%)
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