Two-thirds of respondents to Randstad's Navigator survey, which polled 3,000 UK organisations and employees, said they have actively chosen not to pursue permanent opportunities, while 48 per cent of permanent workers are considering moving into temporary roles when they next change jobs.
This trend is reflected in companies' hiring intentions, with firms increasingly using temporary and contract workers as a resourcing solution to achieve their business objectives, rather than filling holes in their headcount in the absence of permanent budget.
Mark Bull, chief executive of Randstad UK, said the ongoing weakness of the economy is "clearly" driving an increased interest in contract and temporary working.
"Those that do are enjoying a warm welcome in many organisations – as they seek to harness much needed skills within a flexible employment contract," he added.
Last month, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation/KPMG Report on Jobs showed that rates of pay for temporary and contract staff increased modestly last month.
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Source: The Sales Executive News