Independent professionals make up staffing shortfall amid Brexit uncertainty

IPSE has responded to the Markit/REC Report on Jobs released today (Friday 5 August), which has shown permanent jobs placements are falling at their sharpest rate in over seven years.  

Lorence Nye, IPSE Economist, commented: “Firms are clearly hesitant to make big investments in full-time staff amid the uncertainty created by Brexit. Demand for workers, however, is still high and in these times of change, the flexible labour market is more vital to UK competitiveness than ever before. Firms are turning to contractors and temporary staff who can provide immediate specialist expertise as required.

“Now is the time for Government to recognise the importance of the self-employed in plugging skills gaps as firms look to minimise risk, and ensure new policy is pro-microbusiness – so they can get on with doing what they do best.”  

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