With the rise in recent times of specialist Accountancy for contractors, seems to have also come greater affluence for those contractors. The latest JobsOutlook of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) found that 36 per cent of contractors and temporary workers now enjoy bigger pay packets than their permanent employee counterparts. |
That percentage, as also reported by the website of ContractorCalculator, compares to the mere 19 per cent that was recorded last March. When one also considers the more than half of contingent workers whose earnings match those of the equivalent permanent employees, the attractiveness of contracting as a lifestyle choice for workers with appropriate skill-sets becomes ever-more apparent.
Indeed, REC chief executive Kevin Green observed: "The option of taking on temporary work is becoming more attractive and this is indicative of a labour market where the need for talent is acute and skilled workers are in increasingly short supply.
"Ninety-three per cent of employers tell us that they have limited capacity to take on additional work, and many businesses are prepared to pay more for temporary workers in order to boost productivity and capitalise on the improving economic climate."
Green described this as "great news" for those looking to become a part of the flexible workforce, as well as for recruiters who he said were in a strong pay negotiation position, particularly as far as high-demand areas like technology, driving and engineering were concerned.
Meanwhile, Dave Chaplin, ContractorCalculator CEO, declared that the numbers disproved the suggestions in some quarters that the ever-greater prevalence of contracting and self-employment over the last few years is simply attributable to client organisations seeing it as a cheaper alternative to taking on a permanent employee.
Chaplin signalled agreement with Green that in skills areas like the core contracting disciplines of IT and engineering, it was workers who had the power to both demand and receive more generous pay.
He also pointed out that the dominant cited reason for using agency workers was - for 75 per cent of clients - 'short-term access to key strategic skills', with only 44 per cent claiming that their use of agency workers was on the basis of cost control considerations.
Chaplin concluded: "This reinforces the report's findings that clients want contractors and other contingent workers for their skills and not because they are cheap."
Both permanent hirers and organisations seeking agency workers found skilled technical and engineering workers hard to come by in January. This suggests that those about to request accountancy for contractors service like that of SAIL will be especially well-placed to succeed if they possess these and other sought-after skills.
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