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Temporary working rises as unemployment remains high

Press Releases   •   Mar 27, 2012 10:51 BST

With January’s unemployment figures expecting to remain high, data from de Poel, the UK’s number one procurer of temporary agency labour, reveals that the use of temporary staff in the UK rose by 13% in January compared to the same period last year.

Figures from de Poel show that temporary workers are a popular choice as businesses continue to operate within an unstable and unpredictable economy.  Using temporary agency staff to supplement or up-skill a workforce enables businesses to respond quickly to market and seasonal shifts for competitive advantage without the commitment of using permanent staff.

This increase is despite concerns that the introduction of the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) in October 2011 may deter companies using temporary staff.  The AWR grants temporary staff the same pay, holiday and working time rights as permanent employees after 12 weeks in employment.  

Broken down by industry sector, de Poel’s data shows that the biggest rise in the use of temporary workers was in manufacturing which was up by 35% and the business services sector, which increased by 33% in January 2012 compared to last year. Usage also rose in the care sector by 19%, and by 13% in construction, showing the industries’ need for a flexible and contingent workforce.

However, temporary agency spend was cut in the facilities management (FM) sector by 34% and in the logistics industry by 32% as business confidence continues to rise slowly. In a recent survey by the British Institute of Facilities Management, 84% of FM providers believe outsourcing would increase in 2012 while the Transport Industry Outlook Survey 2011-2012 revealed that 57% of respondents are more positive about revenue growth.

John Salisbury, Managing Director, de Poel, comments: “The recruitment industry has waited with baited breath to see whether the Agency Workers Regulations has affected the way in which organisations operate with a temporary agency workforce. Our data indicates that the AWR has not directly impacted the use of temporary staff and that any changes are more related to the economic climate and specific industry trading patterns.

“As companies expand their temporary workforce, it is ever more important to manage temporary agency spend tightly, especially if they are to survive in today’s unstable economy.  

“The fragmented nature of the recruitment industry means often companies are unclear on how much they pay out on temporary labour as well as where and how spend is allocated. Having in place standard pricing structure and service level agreements helps manage and reduce costs, as well as improve agency service delivery. Absolute visibility of spend is also paramount in order to remain compliant with the AWR.”

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de Poel works with a third of the UK's recruitment industry and is completely vendor neutral. It manages client-agency relationships, implementing standardized service level agreements and costs, meaning that smaller agencies can compete on quality alone to work with some of the largest and best companies working with de Poel.

As the number one procurer to temporary agency labour in the UK, de Poel is offering a solution to the Agency Workers Regulations, minimising the risk of legal exposure, to ensure companies can continue to operate with a flexible workforce, which is paramount during the continued uncertain economic climate.

With January’s unemployment figures expecting to remain high, data from de Poel, the UK’s number one procurer of temporary agency labour, reveals that the use of temporary staff in the UK rose by 13% in January compared to the same period last year.

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de Poel grows its management team

Press Releases   •   Mar 27, 2012 10:48 BST

de Poel, the number one procurer of temporary agency labour in the UK, has expanded its account management team with the appointment of Geraldine Carey, Account Manager.

 

Geraldine will be using her vast experience to assist in the smooth implementation of the company’s recent client wins as well as provide expert advice on compliance and regulatory issues such as the Agency Workers Regulations.

 

Geraldine has an impressive background in recruitment, having spent over eight years working for a number of leading recruitment agencies such Blue Arrow and with clients such Irish Bank, PayPoint and May Gurney. Using this knowledge, Geraldine will be managing key client accounts and responsiblefor building on current business relationships.

 

John Salisbury, Managing Director at de Poel sees the continued appointments as a landmark in the company’s growth. He said: “In uncertain economic times, we are fortunate that we are still experiencing continued and sustainable growth. These appointments prove that de Poel is a company with a positive future and one I am proud to lead.”

 

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de Poel works with a third of the UK's recruitment industry and is completely vendor neutral. It manages client-agency relationships, implementing standardized service level agreements and costs, meaning that smaller agencies can compete on quality alone to work with some of the largest and best companies working with de Poel.

As the number one procurer to temporary agency labour in the UK, de Poel is offering a solution to the Agency Workers Regulations, minimising the risk of legal exposure, to ensure companies can continue to operate with a flexible workforce, which is paramount during the continued uncertain economic climate.

de Poel, the number one procurer of temporary agency labour in the UK, has expanded its account management team with the appointment of Geraldine Carey, Account Manager.

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Temporary working rises in manufacturing as the sector shows signs of recovery

News   •   Mar 20, 2012 15:34 GMT

The number of temporary workers employed within manufacturing has risen for the second time this year according to data from de Poel, the UK’s number one procurer of temporary agency labour. 

The figures from de Poel show that the sector could be returning to growth in the first quarter of 2012. The data shows that the number of hours worked by temporary staff has increased year-on-year by 35% in January and year-on-year by 48% in February as the manufacturing sector has increased its labour needs to support improved levels of output. Reports out by the Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI)* showed levels of activity in manufacturing were at its highest for eight months in January 2012 thanks to a rise in new orders and an increase in production.

 

John Salisbury, Managing Director, de Poel, comments: “Despite signs that the manufacturing sector is picking up, it is early days and we will have to wait to see if this period of growth is sustainable.

 

“Temporary workers are a good resource to fill skills gaps and a great way to respond to changing demands in the market without the financial commitment of using permanent staff.

 

“However, we’re finding that many organisations are still not managing their temporary agency spend efficiently, as they have no insight into how much they spend on labour or, where they allocate their spend due to the disjointed nature of the temporary agency market. Managing temporary agency spend tightly is critical, especially for manufacturers trying to survive in today’s uncertain climate, and can be done easily by introducing standard pricing structure and service level agreements. Operating a system of control is essential to ensure companies remain compliant with labour regulations such as the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR).”

 

Data from de Poel, shows usage of temporary labour rose by 79% within the Business Services sector, 30% within Care and 4% in Construction. Facilities Management and Logistics sectors reduced their use of temporary labour during February 2012 by 33% and 27% respectively.

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*PMI report - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16833556

The number of temporary workers employed within manufacturing has risen for the second time this year according to data from de Poel, the UK’s number one procurer of temporary agency labour.

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de Poel is the UK’s number one procurer of temporary agency labour

de Poel is the only consultancy in the UK to specialise in the strategic procurement of labour. It is a privately held company founded in 2001, and ranks 34th in The Sunday Times esteemed Best Small Companies to Work For awards (2012). Headquartered in Cheshire, over the past seven years, de Poel has experienced rapid growth and has a prestigious client base including blue chip organisations from a wide range of sectors, including manufacturing, financial services, construction, engineering and transport and logistics.

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