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Contractors to fill UK skill shortage gaps

Jessica Jasch | Oct 13, 2015

If the statistics released as part of the latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) are to be believed, IT temps and contractors in the UK are set for a period of high demand.

Each month, the REC interviews 600 employers up and down the UK to analyse the state of the IT recruitment world. With this industry one of the fastest growing globally, it is often the case that trends we see in the UK will soon be reflected in similar economies like Australia. As such, businesses, recruiters and contractors should keep abreast of these changes as they occur.

In this latest update, REC revealed that 98 per cent of surveyed employers plan to take advantage of the services offered by temporary and contract workers.

Why is this the case?

The UK, much like the rest of the world, is facing a severe skill shortage in the IT environment. With fewer full-time professionals available to recruit, considering temporary workers or contractors is a smart solution.

In fact, 79 per cent of employees mentioned getting key strategic skills quickly as one of the top reasons behind this recruitment shift.

REC Chief Executive Kevin Green explained that many businesses are already working at peak capacity.

"A continued lack of workers with the appropriate skills means that temporary staff are increasingly needed to fill areas of skills shortage," he said.

"With capacity tight and employers already aware of candidate shortages, it's clear that competition for top talent will be stiff. The private sector is clearly paying more to retain talent so the outlook for public sector organisations whose staff have the skills that the private sector requires is going to be testing."

The state of the Australian temporary talent market

According to the Hays Quarterly Report (Information Technology), contract roles remained popular across Australia during the last three months. The recruitment experts noted that organisations in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, and Tasmania are all looking for contractors to fill certain skill set.

Hays explained that the IT market in NSW was particularly robust.

"The strength of the contract market has led to candidates holding out for above market rates," the report said.

Oncore Services support

Across the globe, IT contractors are becoming a force in the recruitment market. As such, businesses and recruitment agencies need to have the right technology and software to meet their needs. This is where Oncore Services can be of assistance.

With industry leading contractor management software and employee care services, you can ensure your contractors are always looked after during their employment.

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