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RISE IN NUMBER OF TEMP TO PERM CONTRACTS AS RECRUITMENT LEVELS PICK UP PACEProperty recruitment specialist Clifton Chase has expressed cautious optimism about the state of the job market in the facilities and property management sector.The agency has reported a significant increase in the number of companies recruiting in the sector over the first half of 2011, particularly on temporary to permanent contracts.Alistair Carter, Director, Clifton Chase says: There has been a definite increase in the number of companies wanting to take advantage of the talent that is currently on the market due to the recent downturn.Interestingly the biggest increase has been in the number of companies looking to employ people on temporary to permanent contracts. This trend is being driven by a number of factors from an ongoing freeze on hiring permanent staff to speculative recruitment based on the prospect of tenders and bids that may be awarded.These types of contacts allow both parties to get a feel for the other, before committing to the role permanently, as well as taking out the risk of employing immediately.Typical timescale's for temporary to permanent contacts are anywhere between three and six months before the transfer takes place, with the temporary employee working on a daily or hourly rate in-line with the permanent position to avoid any transfer issues.Alistair concludes: The market is definitely moving in the right direction, albeit slowly. Organisations are realising that this is a great time to recruit as there are a vast number of experienced property professionals looking for roles across the sector.Clifton Chase is expressing its own confidence in the market with a move to larger premises to accommodate its growing team of consultants. The agency has just signed a five year lease on premises in Wigmore Street, W1, London.Clifton Chase is part of the Now Business Group.


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