Businesses increasing usage of temps, says Yorkshire recruitment expert

A Yorkshire recruitment expert has predicted the businesses in the region are to increase their numbers of temporary staff over the next six months of 2013.

Tony Wilmot, director at Frontline Recruitment which has offices in Bradford , says that businesses in the region are looking to “try before they buy” as the economy recovers.

Tony says that local businesses are following the trend of the world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart, which has revealed it is only hiring temporary workers – the first time it has done so outside the traditional holiday season.

He said:

“Some 25 per cent of the people we place are permanent staff, and that is growing, but the vast majority of our business comes through temporary work – and that’s clearly no different whether you’re in Dakota or Doncaster.”

Tony says that businesses are increasingly looking to utilise the industry expertise that staff Frontline Recruitment possess.

He added:

“ We’re finding increasing numbers of clients holding back from taking on permanent staff and instead using our knowledge to help them find the right people at the right price as the economy recovers.

“It’s purely good business practice; businesses in Yorkshire are only staffing up when they’re busiest.

“They’re testing the water before they take staff on permanently, and this can only be good for the long-term success of the local economy. Everyone knows that over-trading as we come out of recession can be a very dangerous practice.”

The news comes on the back of recent figures from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) which in its latest survey reported that one in three Yorkshire employers were planning to take on more temporary agency workers this year.

The survey found 92 per cent of employers said they will increase (32 per cent) or maintain (60 per cent) their use of agency workers throughout the entire year.

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