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Retailers prepare for Christmas rush with spike in temporary agency labour recruitment

Retailers prepare for Christmas rush with spike in temporary agency labour recruitment

Temporary worker use spikes in September 

Use of temporary agency labour in the retail sector has spiked in September as the high street prepares for the festive season. Statistics from de Poel, the number one procurer of temporary agency labour reveals that retailers have already started preparations for the Christmas rush with a 39% increase in the use of temporary staff in September, compared to the same month last year. 

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The statistics show that the Business Services (13.53%) and Manufacturing (8.52%) sectors also increased their reliance of  temporary agency labour, whereas decreases are shown in Care (-24.42%), Facilities (-3.61%), Logistics (-4.26%) and Waste Management (-3.03%) sectors.

Matthew Sanders, CEO of de Poel, comments: “For most retailers the final four months of the year are all about Christmas preparations, which is reflected in the September figures. Last month, also saw many end of season sales with a lot of high street retailers trying to clear space and make way for Christmas stock. Both of these elements will have had a profound effect on the use of temporary agency labour in this sector.

“The data confirms that temporary agency workers are a great solution to filling skills gaps in the workforce when short term labour is needed and we expect use of temporary staff to continue to increase over the next few months”.

Key facts

The number of hours worked by temporary agency staff increased by 9.35% in September 2011 compared with September 2010.

Increase in temporary agency labour usage (September 2010- September 2011) by sector:

Retail 39.08%

Business services 13.53%

Manufacturing 8.52%

Decreases of temporary agency labour usage by sector:

Care -24.42%

Waste management -3.03%

Facilities -3.61%

Logistics -4.26%

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Mathew Sanders, CEO of de Poel

Company information

de Poel is the only consultancy in the UK to specialise in the strategic procurement of labour. It is a privately held company founded in 2001 and headquartered in Cheshire. Over the past seven years the company has experienced rapid growth and has a prestigious client base including blue chip organisations from a wide range of sectors, including manufacturing, financial services, construction, engineering and transport and logistics.

de Poel works with a third of the UK’s recruitment industry and is completely vendor neutral. It manages client-agency relationships, implementing standardised service level agreements and costs, meaning that smaller agencies can compete on quality alone to work with some of the largest and best companies working with de Poel.

As the number one procurer to temporary agency labour in the UK, de Poel are offering a free solution to the Agency Workers Regulations, which completely indemnifies businesses, to ensure companies can continue to operate with a flexible workforce, which is paramount during the continued uncertain economic climate.


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