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APSCo Says Employers Are Relying More On Temps

APSCo Says Employers Are Relying More On Temps

Businesses turn to temps for professional level staff in 2012, as economic uncertainty continues

•         Permanent placements down 2%

Throughout 2012, employers have continued to place greater reliance on temporary staff to carry out professional and management level jobs, according to research from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).

APSCo explains that the uncertain economic climate over the last twelve months meant that demand for permanent staff continued to decline and the use of temporary contracts rose over the course of the year.

The number of temporary placements in professional staffing categories rose by 4% in 2012* whilst permanent placements in 2012 dropped 2%. 

APSCo’s data shows that the number of permanent placements continues to lag behind both 2011 and 2010.

Ann Swain, Chief Executive for APSCo, says: “We have seen positive news on employment recently with the Office for National Statistics reporting both an overall fall in unemployment and a rise in the number of permanent jobs.”

“However, we have not yet seen that trend reflected in the hiring of professional level staff – in fact employers’ preference for offering temporary contracts has intensified right through to the end of the year.”

“Permanent hires can be a big financial commitment – aside from the immediate salary costs, employers will also need to think about pension payments and other factors such as liability for any possible redundancy payments.”

“Rather than making permanent hires, many businesses may want to wait and see what 2013 will bring.”

“While 2012 has not been a great year for job-hunters prioritising long-term security, a temporary role could offer professional staff the chance to broaden their experience and gain some additional skills.”

The most actively recruiting sector for both permanent and temporary staff during 2012 was IT. 

APSCo’s data shows that the number of temporary IT placements rose by over 6% during 2012.

The number of temporary Marketing & Media placements rose 8% over the course of the year though the sector also saw a big fall in the number of permanent placements, down by 15%.

APSCo’s research also identifies a number of staffing hotspots in 2012, including demand for oil and gas engineers and clinical and scientific staff.

*year ending November 22


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