What is the outlook for contractors in the UK job market in 2018?

The outlook of the UK job market in 2018 continues to look promising for contractors. Vacancies, billings and pay rates remain encouraging, persistently growing throughout December and into the New Year. According to recruitment agencies surveyed for the REC/IHS Markit Report on Jobs, the introduction of new projects and a greater demand for short-term workers…

Market update – a very merry Christmas for contractors

In the latest Report on Jobs released by the REC/IHS Markit, the past month has been favourable for contractors. Data gathered from consultants and employers revealed that temp billings and pay rates saw a healthy increase for temporary staff. The growth of temp billings was, in fact, the sharpest rise reported in 2 years. Around…

Demand for IT contractor skills hits a dramatic high

The overall demand for skilled candidates was revealed to still be significantly increasing, as of November, according to the monthly Report on Jobs by IHS Markit/REC. Consultants were asked to report on the availability of contractors and the latest index result was 39.6. Index readings below 50 indicate a lower availability than the month before,…

The latest industry updates – Contractor demand on a high

It has been a turbulent few months in economic, political and social landscapes. For contractors, there have been huge variables from Brexit, to IR35 concerns that have influenced the state of the job market. Nonetheless, various sources including the IHS Markit/REC Report on Jobs indicate a soar in contractor demand. As a result of this,…

Latest APSCo research confirms increase in contractor opportunities

We recently posted a market update article in which we reported on contract and temporary placements increasing, according to REC’s report. APSCo’s May IT report also stated that contractor and freelancer opportunities were set to increase in the next 12 months. Now, APSCo has released even more positive findings from its ‘Growing Together’ survey in…

Contractors: You’re in demand!

Contractors and freelancers will be pleased to learn that temporary placements increased at a sharper rate than permanent placements, according to REC’s latest job report. The demand for temporary/contract workers has increased throughout the UK with the two prominent areas being Scotland and London. 36.5% of recruiters stated that their billings received from the employment…