Small to medium businesses are set to increase the number of contractors the hire over the coming quarter. This is according to the latest Recruitment and Employment Confederation (RC) JobsOutlook.

Along with that the report also suggests that 46% of contractor clients will up their hiring. Is small businesses do start to take on more contractors, this will be great news as there have been previous reports that clients were reaching capacity.

Dave Chaplin, the ContractorCalculator CEO, said: “Contractors can offer a range of solutions to client organisations, whether they are global financial sector firms or start-ups. It is encouraging to see that the UK’s smaller businesses have recognised the benefits contractors can offer.”

Unsurprisingly the report also found that businesses are turning to contractors and freelancers due to shortages in permanent recruitment.

Contractors in technical, engineering and managerial sectors are in the highest demand, while there is a shortage of permanent workers in these fields. The public sector is also looking to hire temporary workers due to austerity cuts making permanent works too expensive.

Chaplin suggests there is some good to this saying: “Contractors continue to provide a short-term capacity management solution to public sector hirers so that service levels can be maintained.”

This news comes as Scotland is set to increase the number of contractors employed there as well.

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