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'Demand exists' for business support staff

Published: Wednesday, 14 January 2009   Category: Professional & financial services

The majority of UK businesses intend to sustain or increase the number of business support professionals on their staff, despite the downturn, it has been claimed.

According to Crone Corkill's 2009 market report, 39 per cent of firms intend to raise the number of such employees on their books during the next 12 months.

Meanwhile, 20 per cent of firms surveyed reported a shortage of skilled customer services staff and executive assistants.

The survey also indicates that demand for temporary workers is set to increase over the year, as new rules regarding temporary workers are introduced.

Crone Corkill managing director Tracy Durrant cites maternity leave as one example of a "big driver" of temporary demand, something which may help graduates secure short-term employment.

She added: "And with maternity and paternity leave rights becoming more generous, we would expect this to be a continuing trend throughout 2009."

Earlier this week, Elspeth Farrar, communications director for the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, claimed graduates had a better chance of getting a job in the present market if they are equipped with IT skills.

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