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Date Posted: 01/04/2017


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Report on jobs March 2017 Temporary

Temporary Recruitment March 2017

SHORT-TERM OUTLOOK

In the next 3 months, do you think the number of temporary agency workers in your organisation will increase or decrease?

84% of UK hirers said they would be holding or increasing agency worker numbers in the short-term when surveyed in January–March. There were significant regional variations: 94% of employers in the North planned this, whilst the figure was just 71% in London. Additionally, 17% of London employers planned decreases (compared to the UK average of 9%).

OUTLOOK BY EMPLOYER SIZE

Net balance of short-term expectations by employer size – temporary agency staffing The net balance of short-term agency hiring intentions was positive across all sized employers in January–March. When considering small/micro (1–49 employees) and mid-sized (50–249 employee) organisations, this was a welcome return from the negative territory (-2%) that both recorded in the previous rolling quarter.

NOTE: Figures are based on the % responding increase less the % responding decrease, analysed by size of employer

MEDIUM-TERM OUTLOOK

In the next 4 –12 months, do you think the number of temporary agency workers in your organisation will increase or decrease?

In the medium-term, 13% more UK employers planned to add to agency worker numbers rather than reduce them. For employers in the South (excluding London), the net balance was significantly higher at 31%. In London, 2% more hirers planned to reduce numbers than increase them over the next 4–12 months. Employers across the UK seem to be more decisive at the start of the new financial year, with those responding ‘don’t know’ falling 6 points since the last rolling quarter.

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