Temps on the rise in London

More and more companies in London are resorting to temporary workers, according to a new survey.

More and more companies in London are resorting to temporary workers, according to a new survey.

The poll, by recruitment specialist Poolia, found that a third of respondents said their earning capacity had increased through 2010 through a mix of more working hours, a pay rise or a promotion, whilst a further 40% said their pay has bucked the trend of the recession and held firm.

Three quarters said that they had seen levels of temporary workers increase or remain constant in the companies that they had worked for, as opposed to many permanent jobs, where redundancies continued through 2010. Over 60% of respondents said they planned to study or sit for a professional qualification in the coming year.
Gavin Warner, Poolia’s Operations Director, said: “Our customers are telling us that they are likely to maintain temporary levels going into 2011, especially in financial services, retail and banking, which means anyone with skills and experience who is able to build flexibility into their work structure will be well placed to find great short-term opportunities in the coming year.
“The temps we interviewed know they are highly valued. Almost half of the people we spoke to are planning to make a move in 2011 in order to push for a higher salary (75% of respondents) and for career progression (45%). Whilst many candidates prefer the security of a permanent position, we are finding that temporary employment  is providing many people with the opportunity to make more money, move up the career ladder, learn new skills and gain broader experience of the workplace."





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