More people are working for themselves as contractors in order to control their destiny in a difficult economy, according to a report from Randstad, one of the world’s leading recruitment companies.
Randstad’s ‘Navigator’ research of nearly 3000 organisations and candidates discovered that 63% of temporary workers and contractors surveyed have actively chosen not to pursue permanent opportunities. The number of permanent workers considering contracting is also rising slightly. 46% said they looked at contracting during their last job move and 48% would consider it in their next job move.
87% of care workers – the highest of any sector – said they chose to work as contractors from active choice, dispelling the myth that workers were forced by the economic downturn. The survey also revealed that 60% of care staff were contract workers BEFORE the downturn while 27% turned to contracting since the recession.
27% of contract care workers said that the most appealing aspect of working as a freelancer was that they would have more varied experience. 30% pointed to the higher financial rewards. Flexibility ‘the choice over when, where, on what and for whom’ they worked was a factor mentioned by 23% of respondents. The sentiment was summed up by one freelancer surveyed who said “Ongoing economic uncertainly makes me glad to be in control of my own career and not reliant on a single employer.”
Interest in contracting is mirrored amongst hiring organisations despite the increased number of rules around hiring temporaries – post AWR. 13% of organisations say using interims to fill strategic skills gaps when there is a need to drive productivity and efficiency is one of their top three priorities. 11% are tapping into freelancers where there is a need drive innovation.
Randstad Care operations director Tina McKenzie says “Skilled people in the Care sector work freelance through choice rather than necessity. Our clients’ need to provide 24/7/365 and that’s reliant on flexible people. Randstad Care provides freelancers with career opportunities, and clients with a constant flow of vetted specialist skills to meet their specific care requirements – which means not compromising on care or career.
“A meeting of minds is emerging between those who want to contract and those who want to tap into their skills. Whether they are known as freelancers, flex workers, contractors, interims or temps, the fact that there are so many different labels for non-permanent employees points to the many roles this vital pool of labour fulfils. Not to mention the value they bring to the organisations they work within.”
About Randstad Care
In 2009 UK recruitment leaders Beresford Blake Thomas (BBT) and Reliance Care amalgamated to become Randstad Care, combining over 60 years’ experience providing health & social care professionals to the UK market. Randstad Care has solidified its market position and now works with Local Authorities, private and voluntary organisations, PCTs and NHS Trusts as a preferred supplier of quality, vetted candidates within Social Care, Home Care, Allied Health, Nursing and Doctors, for permanent and locum work. 240 consultants across a network of 23 offices throughout the UK and Ireland offer 24/7 support for on-demand recruitment of staff, including instant access to a database of over 250,000 Health and Social Care specialists. Many of the Randstad Care Managers have previously worked within Health and Social Care and offer valuable experience and understanding of the sector.
The Randstad group is one of the leading recruitment & HR services providers in the world with a top five position in the UK and a top three position in fifteen countries including the US, France and Germany. In the UK, Randstad’s business lines serve the public and private sectors across Accounting and Financial services; Business Support; Construction, Property and Engineering; Education; Health and Social Care; Interim Management and Search; Human Resources; IT; Legal; Retail; Sales, Marketing and Creative; Student and Worker Support and In-House and Managed Services.
At the end of 2011, Randstad had 1,930 corporate employees in the UK, working in 255 locations. UK revenue in 2011 was €789 million. Randstad was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Diemen, the Netherlands. Randstad Holding nv is listed on the NYSE Euronext Amsterdam
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