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Cloudy forecast has a silver lining for drivers

The forecast for job seekers is not looking sunny, according to the REC’s latest JobsOutlook. The report shows the number of employers with short-term plans to increase their permanent workforce over the next quarter has fallen from 74% to 67%. Compared to last year, just 49% of employers expect to expand their permanent staff over the next 12 months.

So where’s the silver lining? Well, more than 8 in 10 (83%) of employers intend to maintain or increase their use of temps in the same period. That’s good news for people looking for temporary driving work, and in turn, good news for agencies like Driver Hire, who are helping them to find what they are looking for.

Roger Tweedy, the REC’s Director of Research, says: “With the economy continuing to stagnate, businesses will understandably remain cautious, which is why we are seeing an increase in the longer-tem demand for flexible staff such as temporary and contract workers. This is a timely reminder of how a flexible workforce helps employers meet peaks and troughs in demand for services and products during uncertain times.”

Chris Chidley, Driver Hire’s Chief Executive adds: “The report and comments by the REC confirms what we’ve been saying since the beginning of the 2008/09 recession. That’s why a good number of our national account customers across a wide range of industries use Driver Hire temps as a cost effective and flexible way to manage their workforce.”

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