New Army Of Flexible Temps' Required For Economic Recovery Claims Recruitment Expert

New Army Of Flexible Temps' Required For Economic Recovery Claims Recruitment Expert

In the wake of a post-Covid surge in jobs vacancies, an award-winning Derby recruitment firm has revealed how the economic recovery is reliant on a new army of temporary workers coming forward. Strand-based Sky Recruitment Solutions, which was established in 2014 as a specialist provider of workers for industrial roles, has seen a welcome recovery in job postings since the end of lockdown, but according to managing director, David Torrington, the sheer volume of jobs vacancies is becoming too great for the existing labour pool to handle. He said: “It’s great to see that businesses are once again opening their doors, moving their goods and increasing production. The trouble is that, in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown, everyone in search of temporary casual labour, needs it at the same time.” David believes that the current discrepancy between vacancies and candidates is the result of major factors on both sides of the employment equation. He said: “In terms of the workload, big increases in online shopping, alongside periods of enforced inactivity, means that firms are now having to work extra hard to make up for backlogs in manufacturing and distribution. “In terms of the supply of labour available to help address those backlogs, however, the post-Brexit evaporation of ready-and-able workers from Eastern Europe continues to leave us with a serious shortfall.” Challenging though the current imbalance is, David remains fully confident that this latest twist in the employment landscape can be overcome by tapping into the dynamic new work ethic engendered by the Covid pandemic. He said: “Once upon a time, temp agency work was seen as a negative choice for people who couldn’t hold down a proper job. But a lot of people are now choosing it because of the weekly pay, because of the unlimited holidays and because of the flexible working arrangements. “In a post-Covid world, where people have become fond of managing their time and embracing a more generous work-life balance, it’s a very attractive way to work.” As the Office for National Statistics reveals an unprecedented surge in temporary workers, the latest trend suggests that it is also very attractive for employers. More than ever before, firms are using temping as a ‘try-before-you-buy’ service, enabling them to not just to manage short-term workloads but to source permanent in-house staff from pools of workers they already know and trust. David added: “There are some great stories of people turning their hands to alternative forms of employment to help out during the height of the pandemic – and as we continue to work our way towards a recovery, that’s exactly the kind of attitude that will be most valued.”


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