Many contractors with skills in crucial strategic areas are likely to benefit from bigger pay packets as those skills become increasingly popular among clients. The ContractorCalculator website has reported that clients seeking to tackle capacity and skills shortages are commonly turning to contractors as they seek to invest greater resources. |
That is according to the freshly-published Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) JobsOutlook for June 2015. REC chief executive Kevin Green noted that, prompted by "extremely low" candidate availability, a rising number of employers were "offering lucrative short-term assignments, especially in fields such as engineering". This led to 65% of contractor clients paying their temporary staff more than their permanent employees. Such an eye-opening trend led Green to observe that despite the traditional perception that temporary employment tends to be taken up by the lower-skilled, the profile of people working as contractors is changing "as more people choose to work in this way because of the pay and flexibility it offers."
It is evident that employers' perception of independent workers has changed - and, as far as ContractorCalculator CEO Dave Chaplin is concerned, for the better. Although such workers used to be perceived as primarily useful for dealing with peak periods and staff absence, according to the JobsOutlook, 80% of employers are now attracted to contractors for their "key strategic skills".
Chaplin enthused: "Contingent workers in the core contracting disciplines have always delivered hard to source skills at premium rates. The JobsOutlook is simply confirming what those of us who have worked in the industry for decades have always known." Comments like these are certainly likely to make pleasant reading for the users of SAIL's Limited Company Accounting Services.
The REC study delivers even further good news for contractors - specifically, that due to the skills shortage and contractor clients' eagerness to recruit, 97% intend to increase or maintain their current number of temporary employees over the coming three months. This percentage remains the same for such employers with the same intentions for the coming four to 12 months.
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