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UK’s flexible labour market preserves jobs

By: Dave Robbins
18 September 2012

Figures from the Association of Professional Staffing (APSCo) show employers are increasingly turning to temps to fill vacancies rather than recruiting permanent staff. According to APSCo over the last twelve months there’s been a 7% increase in temporary job placements across the UK.


The KPMG/Recruitment & Employment Confederation ‘Report on Jobs’ for August also showed a rise in temporary billings – although it was only slight. The report also noted that across the UK, temporary drivers continue to be a skill in short supply. There’s strong demand for permanent drivers too; according to the Reed Employment Index, job vacancies for drivers increased by 16% from July to August 2012.


On a broader perspective, employment in the UK has risen by 499,000 over the past two years. Critics would point out that many of those jobs are part time. However recruitment industry experts reckon that our flexible labour market is a key factor in the UK’s ability to preserve employment in the current prolonged economic downturn. It enables employers to hire staff in a variety of ways and is highly efficient at getting people into available vacancies.


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