Parasol’s Recruitment News Roundup: 08/01/16

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It may be the first working week of a new year, but there’s still been plenty going on in the UK’s recruitment industry. Here’s a quick rundown of a few important stories:

Temp placements trump permanent as ‘gig economy’ grows

The latest data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has found that the UK’s temporary employment market has jumped 9% over the past 12 months, compared to just a 4% rise for permanent positions. Chief executive Ann Swain said that the UK’s dependence on flexible labour “showed no signs of abating” and claimed that the temp workforce was vital to sustained economic growth.

The findings reflect what we’ve been saying for many years, that the UK’s booming temporary labour market is on a roll. This means that people looking for a change in career should really consider making the switch to contracting and take advantage of all the benefits on offer.

UK flies high in EU jobs market

A winning combination of a high-quality workforce, education and training has helped the UK become the third best economy to get a job in Europe. The study by Glassdoor Economic Research also highlighted Britain’s low level of unemployment as a contributing factor.

We think that many of sectors are firing on all cylinders at the moment, making perfect hunting grounds for contractors wanting to make the most of their careers. Check out our infographic to see the hottest industries for temporary workers.

Job merry-go-round fires up in January

We’re only a week into 2016 and already many employees are predicted to up sticks and find a new job. Penna Plc suggest that one in five (21%) of workers could be heading off for greener pastures this month.

It’s hardly surprising that people are looking to move on in the next few weeks. A long festive break may have made them realise they weren’t satisfied in their current position and that only a change in direction would do.

If that’s the case for you, you might want to think about contracting. We’ve created this handy comparison between permanent employment and freelancing that could persuade you make the leap.

And finally....

More than a third of UK IT workers apparently share key personality traits with multi-billionaire Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg – though we bet they’d much rather share his bank balance. An interactive quiz by Randstad Technologies found that 37% of respondents were most like Zuckerberg, while just 5% displayed similar characteristics to Lord Alan Sugar.

We also wouldn’t mind a slice of Mr Zuckerberg’s bank balance, but until that happens (wishful thinking perhaps?) we’ll just be content that the UK’s entrepreneurial spirit is alive and kicking – especially in the tech sector. What’s more, we’re committed to being with these professionals all the way through their careers, to help keep them on the right track.