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Is uncertainty causing a rise in temporary staffing?

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Is uncertainty causing a rise in temporary staffing?

Is uncertainty causing a rise in temporary staffing?

According to the SIA, “permanent placements in June fell at the steepest rate in three months as general election uncertainty and reduced demand for workers in the UK weighed on hiring activity, according to the latest Report on Jobs by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, KPMG and S&P Global.”

Whilst there is still a steady stream of permanent recruitment amongst many businesses we work with, there has been a notable decline across the board in terms of permanent placements. Everyone is feeling a little more cautious. With the arrival of Abi Howell into the RE team and her strength in temporary recruiting, alongside our Temp Team Leader Jill Wanklyn, we can move quickly when a client’s need suggests a temporary appointment is best suited.


There are many times a temporary appointment becomes a permanent role. In our opinion, this type of contract isn’t really much different to a probationary period. The biggest change will be the pay structure, moving from weekly pay to a monthly salary.

As RE has strong client relationships, we can reassure our candidates that a temp-to-perm role is nothing to be scared of. We urge candidates seeking a new role to be bold! If you see your perfect job and your only red flag is the initial contract set-up, don’t cast it aside. Talk to your recruiter in-depth about your concerns and aspirations. This is also a great way to ensure we are working on your behalf to find you the most suitable roles to advance your career.

A return to previous levels

Now the new government is in place, we anticipate a return to previous levels of permanent hiring and hope to see a reformed Apprenticeship Levy and further encouragement in this pathway into qualifications and employment. We have strong links with local colleges and schools and are passionate about promoting Apprenticeships: we also offer a substantial fee incentive when recruiting these positions for our clients.

Ready for change

It’s an interesting time to be in the recruitment world, and we are ready for whatever economic landscape appears in front of us, always committed to working hard and doing the right thing. Don’t expect us to sit on our laurels and enjoy the ‘good times’ if there’s a recruitment boom; we are still just as committed to delivering excellent service to both companies and jobseekers, so it’s business as usual for us. Ultimately, there are always cogs turning, it’s just the speed at which they turn that changes in our world!

We’re excited about what’s to come next and look forward to hearing the thoughts of others on their expectations for the next six to twelve months.

Contact us

Collectively Jill and Abi have over 50 years’ experience in temporary recruitment, from small to large volume contracts across Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and the UK. As recruitment experts, they can offer all businesses a good solid understanding of their requirements, the market and best-placed solutions.

To chat with them today about how they can help you, call Abi on 01242 701123 or email  or Jill on 01242 505406 or


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