According to the figures, the short-term outlook for the agency work market has improved by three points, with 81 per cent of employers planning to either grow or keep their agency workforces at existing levels.
Of these, a significant proportion of employers are planning to actually increase their temporary staff, with a third intending to do so, compared with 22 per cent at the same point last year.
In the longer term, 83 per cent of employers are looking to grow or keep their temporary staff levels the same in the next 12 months.
The report also revealed that 52 per cent of employers made changes, such as implementing or boosting staff training, ahead of the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) coming into force in October.
In addition, the number of employers planning to make less use of temporary staff due to the AWR was down seven per cent down on the previous month, which reflects increasing recognition that in the majority of sectors the impact of the regulations on is minimal.
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Source: The Sales Director News