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Employers could turn to temps to plug skills gap

Employers could turn to temps to plug skills gap

Posted on June 01, 2017

According to May’s Jobs Outlook report, 89% of employers will increase or maintain their temporary workforce in the next three months.  This is a rise of 9% compared to findings reported in March (80%), suggesting that businesses may become increasingly reliant on temporary workers.

May's JobsOutlook survey of 606 employers also reveals:   

  • 33% report having no spare workforce capacity within their organisation
  • 46% anticipate a shortage of candidates to fill permanent roles in the next year, with construction, engineering & technical, and health & social care highlighted as particular areas of concern 

Employer Confidence levels vary depending on the size of business – In the three months to April, one third (34%) of employers felt that UK economic conditions were improving. This is compared to 27% of employers who thought the economy was worsening. However, marginally more large employers (250+ employees) felt the economy was worsening (29%) than improving (28%). Large employers were also the least confident about making hiring and investment decisions as a consequence

Here at Cathedral Appointments we have noticed an increase in demand from our clients for the supply of temporary staff as well as contract workers.  There is however a limited amount of suitably skilled and available temporary workers to fulfil client requirements due to the low unemployment levels in the area.


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