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Latest Comensura Government Index reveals guarded approach by employers

Latest Comensura Government Index reveals guarded approach by employers

Construction on its way up, but LOCAL AUTHORITIES take a cautious approach to employment

Comensura’s quarterly Government Index into staffing across the UK has revealed a significant increase in temporary recruitment in the construction sector, signalling a hopeful, yet cautious return for the industry.

The research, gathered by Comensura, the supply management specialists who manage the supply of temporary, permanent and consultant labour in the public, private and not for profit sectors, revealed a 45% increase in temporary employment in the construction sector.

Jamie Horton, Managing Director at Comensura states: “The construction industry is still struggling, even after a strong rebound in July there is optimism within the industry that it will pick up. It is clear that many Local Authorities are taking a cautious approach. It will be interesting to see how the next 12 months fare for the sector.”

Whilst temporary recruitment in construction is rising, local council cuts over the past 12 months have had a heavy impact on temporary employment in job roles such as refuse collection, street cleaning and waste management. The sector has seen a decrease of 21% against this time last year.

Overall, the UK has seen an increase of 2.9% in temporary labour usage in the last three months, however year on year data shows a decrease, with the North East using over 50% less temporary labour than last year. As one of the only regions bucking the trend, the West Midlands is using 15% more temporary labour than last year.

Mr Horton continues: “Temporary labour is clearly on the rise, but the length of assignment is now considerably shorter. Pre 2010, the average length of a temporary assignment was around 100 days but the current average is closer to 60 days, which reflects a shift as a result of the Agency Worker Regulations. The other worrying trend we have seen as a result of this index is the decline in employment of young adults. Youth unemployment is already a concern for the Government, and as our results show that employers looking for temporary labour are choosing to overlook this generation, with those aged 16-24 seeing a 12.4% decrease in temporary job roles.”

One reason given for the decrease in younger workers is that they are increasingly competing for roles with applicants with significantly more experience. This is further demonstrated by the data, which shows employees aged 45 – 64 saw an increase in temporary roles of 7.2% year on year.

Resourcing reasons, such as peaks in workloads and unplanned projects continue to remain the main reason for hiring temporary labour, accounting for 43.1% of all hire reasons.

The Comensura Government Index shows the usage of temporary labour across 79 of Comensura’s clients in England and Wales during 2011 and 2012. The Index is distributed on a quarterly basis and uses a variety of metrics to measure the usage of temporary labour including Full Time Equivalent (FTE), the reasons for hire, job class, age and gender.


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