Temporary employment up in region as economy bounces back

A new report suggests that there has been a significant rise in temporary employment across the Central and East region and the number of vacancies in the area has increased by 14.7 per cent since last quarter.

This is according to the UK’s only company dedicated to the provision of temporary and contract staff to organisations in both the private and public sectors, Venn Group.

The company has just released the third edition of its quarterly report – The Venn Index - offering an overview of the vacancy levels, average salaries and in demand skills across the UK.

Avtar Singh, Venn Group’s director of operations in the region said: “Commerce and industry is performing well in the region, particularly within the service and distribution industries which enjoyed a 10 per cent boost last quarter. Procurement specialists with solid experience in cost management and logistics are being snapped up. We have also found that financial services professionals such as qualified accountants, income processing assistants and credit controllers, are also sought-after within the field.

“The public sector also continues to perform well in the area. The NHS is buoyant across the board with particular demand within HR, procurement and IT. The transition between Primary Care Trusts and CCGs began in London in 2011 and is now filtering north in preparation for the 2013 switchover. NHS trusts in the Central and East region are now investing heavily in projects in preparation for the transition.”

Across the UK, temporary employment has risen by 3 per cent and some regions are performing significantly better. In the Central and East region vacancies are up almost 15% and in the North East employment opportunities have increased by 25 per cent since quarter two.

All regions are enjoying heightened employment activity with the exception of London where vacancies are 13 per cent down. This can be explained by a sharp upswing in quarter two in preparation for the Olympics.

Interim professionals within the Central and East region are receiving on average £226 per day. This signals an increase since the second quarter of 2012 when the day rate stood at £191. Contractors on hourly rates earn, on average, £15 a hour – £1 more than the early months of 2012.