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Friday, 23 September 2011

Demand for agency workers 'is robust'

The demand for agency workers in the UK is robust at the moment, with companies committed to taking on temporary staff following the introduction of Agency Workers Regulations next month.

A new study by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) shows that 22 per cent of employers expect to increase the number of temporary workers within their workforce over the next three months.

In addition, 61 per cent plan to keep their agency workforce at the same level, which is four percentage points higher than last month.

The longer-term outlook for agency worker use is also positive, with the number of companies planning to maintain or increase their use of temporary staff over the next year standing at 86 per cent.

Roger Tweedy, the REC's director of research, said the figures show a "complex picture" emerging among employers and their hiring intentions.

"Yet, despite the imminent introduction of the Agency Workers Regulations, employers are still looking to build flexibility into their workforces while an overall air of uncertainty prevails in the jobs market," he added.

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Source: The Sales Director News

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