Employers are turning to agency workers to enable business growth as key skills become harder to find, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).
With almost all businesses (98 per cent) reporting they have either ‘none’ or only ‘a little’ capacity to take on more work without more staff, employers are relying on agency workers to meet demand. More than eight in ten employers (84 per cent) now say they hire agency staff to access ‘key strategic skills’, up from 55 per cent citing this reason in April 2013.
REC chief executive Kevin Green says:
“Businesses are clearly finding it difficult to attract people to certain roles. The number of vacancies is currently at record levels but candidate availability is falling. Our data indicates that employers may be shifting focus away from hiring staff, and towards improving the productivity of the workforce they already have.