Demand for Contract Staff on the Rise
According to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG Report on Jobs, February 2013 saw an increase in contract and permanent roles placed for the sixth month in succession.
The engineering/construction and IT and computing sector proved the most demanding jobs markets.
According to the report, salaries have been on the rise for the last 16 months, and this has led to a lack of availability of permanent staff, which in turn will have a knock on effect on contract rates.
North England saw the biggest increase in permanent positions, followed by the Midlands. London and south England recorded modest increases.
Bernard Brown, partner and head of business services at KPMG, said the hiring figures for February should give employers and employees plenty of reasons to be cheerful.
“Demand for staff is at its highest peak for almost two years meaning that employees, who may have been too nervous to change jobs in recent months, might consider the benefits of a fresh challenge,”