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APSCo Says Temp workers in demand as UK gets back to business after the Olympics

APSCo Says Temp workers in demand as UK gets back to business after the Olympics

But permanent recruitment  shrinks 15% and Graduate starting salaries slump 13.2% this year

Employers are ramping up their recruitment of temporary workers as Britain gets back to business after the Olympics, according to new research from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).

Placements of temporary staff in the UK professional-level jobs market jumped 15% last month (year on year).

However the on-going economic uncertainty means that employers remain reticent to invest too heavily in permanent employees, with permanent placements falling by the same margin (15%) over the same period.

The latest jobs data from APSCo provides a snapshot of the UK’s professional recruitment market, with analysis across all professional-level sectors from accountancy and legal, to banking, engineering, IT and marketing (full results below).

APSCo explains that UK businesses are turning to temporary workers in order to kick start projects that were put on hold during the summer, as many business departments scaled back activity due to staff taking time off for holidays and the Olympics.

Sectors showing the biggest demand for temporary workers are engineering and IT, with placements up 17% for both, year-on-year.

Ann Swain, Chief Executive for APSCo says: “From the Jubilee weekend, right through to the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympic Games, this summer has been quite remarkable. However,  now that the party is finally over, the UK is well and truly back to business, gearing up for a busy quarter.   Businesses are hoping to make up for any lost productivity during a summer full of disruption.”

“Businesses are keen to finish the year with a flurry. Many will have been delaying the start of new projects until after the summer, which is creating a sudden jump in workload.”

“Temporary workers offer a flexible way for businesses to complete projects, while keeping a lid on permanent overheads. The economy is not out of the woods, so businesses are still under pressure to keep staff costs down.”

APSCo points out that the sectors at the centre of the financial crisis (finance and accountancy) continue to stutter, with permanent hiring on hold (19% fall in placements,

Graduates salaries hit by slowdown in permanent market

APSCo explains that the slowdown in the permanent professional-level recruitment market has fed through to salaries for graduates who started new jobs this summer, with the average salary down 13.2% (ear-on-year) to &pound22,800.

Ann Swain explains: “The slowdown in the professional-recruitment market, combined with the huge number of graduates competing for jobs means that starting salaries have edged downwards markedly this year.”


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