UK employment market remains on a steady footing thanks to part-time possibilities

UK employment market remains on a steady footing thanks to part-time possibilities

A Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) study has indicated that employment prospects for the UK public will grow on a steady basis for the rest of the year. However, the report also states that approximately 1 in 4 of the new jobs that are set to be created will either be on a temporary or a part-time basis.

Gerwyn Davies, of the CIPD, stated:

 “The shift to more part-time and temporary employment looks set to continue to drive the jobs market further along the road to recovery.”

“The sustainability of the recovery, supported by growing consumer confidence, may well depend on the extent to which firms are able to convert these part-time and temporary jobs into more full-time and permanent roles.”

The trend for an increasing number of part-time roles in the UK jobs market is a relatively recent one. It appears to have gathered momentum on the back of a September report which stated that the number of people securing temporary roles increased this August for the first time in 2012.

Back in September, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and KPMG teamed up to produce the report which identified the changing face of the UK employment market.

In these financially strained times for many businesses, it is hardly a surprise that they are keen to create temporary/part-time positions rather than anything on a full-time basis. Q4 budgets for 2012 will have been established and there will be very little room for negotiation on these.

How this can help you:

If you are unclear on the industry you wish to enter into, it may be a good idea to seek temporary/part-time positions. Not only will this give you experience for you own personal development but it will help you decide where you want take your career.

For example, if you wish to break into accountancy and you are currently studying towards that goal, securing a position (even a temporary one) as an accounts clerk could be a great opportunity. Although initially you may only be helping to record financial records for a company, you will also be gaining valuable experience of how the industry works, as well as making potentially useful contacts for the future. The key is to make the most of the position you have been offered… regardless of its current status.

KennedyPearce offers a wide range of temp and part-time jobs across the country, which is consistently being updated.  You can also follow us on Twitter for recruitment updates and career advice.



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