The REC’s February JobsOutlook shows the temp to perm score rising two points in January to its highest level yet. This underlines the crucial stepping role that temporary placements can provide for workers. The ability to take staff on tried and tested staff is also one of the many benefits the agency work provides for employers
Commenting on the trend, Tom Hadley, the REC’s Director of Policy & Professional Services, says:
“We will continue to monitor the impact of Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) on temp to perm and on the overall use of agency staff. Although the regulations have created significant administrative costs for agencies, the overall feedback from recruiters remains upbeat with regards to the ongoing benefits that temporary and contract work provides for both employers and job-seekers.
“The importance of generating effective steeping-stone back into the jobs market is especially topical in light of the current debate on the Government’s work experience scheme. Short-term placements can often lead to further opportunities, which is certainly something we are seeing in the temporary work market.”
A key part of the REC’s work is to focus on the ongoing benefits of agency work through the monthly JobsOutlook survey as well as through initiatives such as the Flexible Work Commission and through specific research such as the ‘Talent Acquisition in Turbulent Times’ report.