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A Changing Jobs Market

Author: Grace Busby

Published Date: 2020/11

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At Vibe Recruit, we work with clients from a diverse range of sectors from Driving to Hospitality, contact centres to manufacturing. Temporary staffing requirements are nothing new in these industries however, with our team of recruiters working relentlessly over the recent months, we’ve noticed an increasing demand for temporary workers.

The Coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on most businesses here in the UK and the rest of the world. We’re all operating in times of uncertainty with new legislation and ongoing developments forcing businesses to continuously adapt to new ways of working.

Some of our clients have been fortunate and have seen a surge in demand and have required temporary workers to meet this demand. For example, the driving and logistics sector rose to the challenge of keeping goods moving throughout lockdown. Similarly, contact centres had to ramp up their numbers of customer service advisors to deal with a huge rise in calls when the banks closed.

Demand for temporary workers has also increased in more specialist roles. With many businesses looking to adapt in order to survive the pandemic, business consultants along with other expertly skilled individuals have been hired on a temporary basis to guide these businesses through the uncertainty.

Temporary workers have been a game changer to companies across all sectors throughout the pandemic as they enable flexibility in this fast-changing climate.

Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC, said: “Today’s data show that as lockdown eases and the economy recovers, businesses will use temporary work to start to build back.”

Furthermore, Employers’ intentions to hire temps in the medium term (over the next 4-12 months) were at their highest measure since August-October 2018.*

So, what does this mean for job seekers?

  • Temporary work often means securing a position more quickly and whilst it’s not guaranteed, it can be a stepping-stone to a permanent position. (68% of people who have done temporary work in the past are now in a permanent role.)*
  • Most temporary positions offer flexible working hours as well as the opportunity for paid overtime. In addition, many temporary roles are paid either weekly or bi-weekly so it’s an opportunity to earn money more quickly.
  • As a temporary employee you still have the same rights as an employee including paid holiday days, use of staff facilities and statutory sick pay.
  • Temporary opportunities can be highly paid for roles which require a specific skillset.

The jobs market is extremely turbulent at the moment and is set to face more challenges in the long term so if you’re someone who has never considered temporary work, now might be the time.

Our consultants have seen demand for temporary work come in from varying sectors so we’re sure to have a role suited to your skills.

This final quote from Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC, sums up the importance of the temporary workforce for both businesses and employees. He says:

“Temporary work is critical in any recovery - businesses turn to temps to help them ramp up and meet demand while the future looks uncertain. At the same time, it enables people to find work quickly.”*

If you’re in the market for temporary work and would like to find out about our latest opportunities don’t hesitate in getting in touch with our team today!

We also have a variety of permanent jobs available which you can find here.

Drop us an email to and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.


*Taken from REC Jobs Outlook press release.