Eight of of ten of employers are using agency workers to provide short-term access to strategic skills, according to a report by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

The JobsOutlook report, published today, also shows an increased business stability, as redundancies, headcount freezes and reduced hours or pay has halved in the past year from 33% in August 2013 to 17% last month.

89% of employers plan to employ more permanent staff in the next three months, while 78% plan to in the next four to 12 months. None-the-less, employers are struggling to find full-time staff that have the appropriate skills and are looking to agencies to fill the gap.

Kevin Green, CEO of REC, said:

“It’s clear that skills shortages are affecting the way in which employers use agency workers and increasing numbers are now relying on temporary staff to provide short-term access to strategic skills. This is a trend that is likely to continue as it becomes increasingly difficult to source the skilled permanent staff that businesses need to grow.

“There is some great news here for our industry as recruiters continue to successfully adapt to the challenge of skills shortages with more than 9 out of 10 employers reporting they are satisfied with the quality of candidates they are being provided by recruiters.”

In addition, 43% of employers plan to increase their temporary staff in the next three months and 40% plan t0 do so within the next four to twelve months.

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