Employers are turning to temporary and contract workers to fill skills shortages brought about by economic growth and a recovering permanent jobs market, according to September's Reed Job Index. The number of temporary jobs available in the UK has grown by more than 32% in the last year, compared to 30% growth in permanent vacancies. The West Midlands and North East experienced the biggest growth in temporary employment.
The top growth sectors for temporary jobs advertised are the retail (+135%), security (+95%), strategy & consultancy (+91%) and energy (+80%) sectors.
In the wider jobs market, the sectors boasting the strongest growth in employment opportunities were transport & logistics (+69%), leisure & tourism (+61%) and legal (+55%). Education shows the strongest month on month growth (29%).
The West Midlands has seen the highest levels of annual growth (+61%) in temporary employment, closely followed by the North East (+60%). The regions showing increased annual growth across all employment opportunities were Wales (+46%) and South West (+40%).
Salaries increased by 2.5% since September 2013 but still lag behind December 2009 when the index was first set at an average salary of £33,414.
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