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24 May, 2021

According to new REC data, the UK has seen a rise in the hiring of temporary staff by employers. As the government starts to lift lockdown measures and businesses open up again it's clear the intention is to keep staff temporary during these uncertain times until a more stable outlook. This shift in recruitment of temp staff has been the highest since mid-2018. The hiring of permanent staff has remained stable.

Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC, said:

“For the past few months, firms have been getting more positive about their prospects, but have been more cagey about the broader economy. This data shows that confidence is spreading more widely now – and it is feeding through to hiring in a much more substantial way. That is great news for investment and jobs. The challenge now is on skills and career pathways, as we help people towards growing sectors in the post-Covid economy. Recruitment firms have a key role to play in helping with this – if government sets skills investment free by reforming the apprenticeship levy.

“It’s no surprise that this report shows the value of agency work – it is a huge benefit to the UK, getting people into work quickly and helping businesses hire in uncertain times. As our Recruitment and Recovery report showed, it’s time to champion the sector. We’re looking to government to support the flexibility and opportunity that agency work provides, while working with us on setting high professional standards, especially in the upcoming Employment Bill.”

Mpeople Recruitment have a dedicated team of Specialist Recruiters for temporary positions, a high percentage of which will progress to a more permanent role. Give our Northwest office a call on 0161 622 9890 or our Yorkshire office on 01132778844

Mpeople Recruitment  are corporate members of The REC - Recruitment & Employment Confederation.