Increase in temporary roles in UK jobs market

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Following lockdown, employment has started to increase slightly, with an increase in temporary jobs in the UK jobs market.

According to a business survey issued by KPMG and the REC, employment has started to increase. However this increase is from a very low level.

The report States;

“August’s survey showed a renewed increase in hiring activity following the relaxation of public health measuresand reopening of the UK economy after the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

Permanent placements rose only marginally overall, but temp billings expanded at the steepest rate since December 2018.”

James Stewart of KPMG stated;

“It’s positive to see an uptick in hiring activity, particularly for temporary staff, which could mark a turning point with businesses appearing more willing and able to hire as more parts of the UK economy reopen.
But with total candidate availability rising at a near-record pace, strong and sustained rises are needed to move the UK jobs market back to levels seen pre-COVID –and with concerns around a possible second wave of infections, the winding down of the furlough scheme and a Brexit deal outcome, there are still many challenges ahead.
This paves the way for government to not only provide short-term support but also to offer jobseekers the means to retrain and upskill, helping the recovery in jobs and reviving the UK’s productivity growth.”

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