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Employers to look to temporary workers

Published: Monday, 02 June 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

One in four employees intends to take on more temporary agency staff within the next six months, it has been reported.

A survey conducted by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has discovered many business owners plan to take on agency temps rather than employing permanent staff, as the credit crunch tightens its grip on the UK employment sector.

Tom Hadley, director of external relations at REC, said that with the UK labour market in a delicate state, it was crucial that the details on any new regulations on agency work were properly considered.

He said: "This is not just an issue for employers, but also for workers at a time when the benefits of temp and contract work in terms of the flexibility, opportunity and employability that it provides is increasingly recognised."

News of employers wishing to hire fewer permanent staff members may concern university leavers who have not yet secured employment.

However, the report suggests there may be temporary work available to bridge the gap between final exams and starting a graduate job.

The REC survey, carried out in May 2008, considered the views of more than 100 human resources managers and business owners.

Another finding was that 84 per cent of temporary workers were paid a similar salary to equivalent permanent members of staff.

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