Number of temporary jobs rises for first time in 2012

Number of temporary jobs rises for first time in 2012

Britain’s slide into a double-dip recession combined with figures revealing that levels of long-term unemployment are on the rise have acted to place a question mark over job security in the UK.

It now appears that workers in the UK have reason to hold on to hope though, after a report by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG revealed that the number of people securing temporary roles increased last month; for the first rise this year.

The figures reveal the ‘resilience’ of the employment market, despite the marginal fall in permanent placements, and may indicate that it is taking its first tentative steps towards recovery.

Further findings from the report highlighted that there was an increase in demand for staff from private firms, particularly for short-term contracts.

Commenting on some of the reasons behind the growth in the temporary labour market in the UK, REC chief executive Kevin Green said:

“It’s clear that being one of the most flexible labour markets in Europe has helped the UK avoid the high levels of unemployment experienced elsewhere on the continent.

“Recruiters tell us the first rise in the placement of temp workers in nine months is because employers are calling on that flexibility offered by agency staff as a way to grow to meet recent increases in demand, like that seen last month in the service sector.”

Here are Kennedy Pearce’s top tips for making the most of your temporary role;

  • Show your commitment to the role by being proactive and anticipating what the company you are working for needs; this may help to turn a temporary role into a permanent one.
  • Outline what you want to achieve from your temporary role. This will help to ensure that you make the most of your time in the position.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask your company if there are any opportunities for training while you are in the role. Any skills you gain could be a valuable addition to your CV.

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