COVID-19 Impact On Temporary Staffing In The UK

03.06.21 10:25 AM By Avarniya

The COVID-19 pandemic has without a doubt had a considerable impact on the recruitment and staffing sector in the UK just as in the rest of the world. UK economic activities has witnessed a severe dip due to continued lockdown. As per the KPMG report, recruitment activities have picked up since March 2021 in the face of easing of lockdown measures and return of normal business operations and vaccination drives in the coming months.
The latest KPMG and REC, UK Report on Jobs survey pointed to the sharpest rise in permanent placements in nearly six years, while temporary billings growth accelerated sharply.

 According to the Office for National Statistics the number of temporary employees in the UK increased by 1.7% on a seasonally adjusted basis to a total of approximately 1.53 million for the three months from January 2021 through March 2021 when compared to the same period a year ago. This is certainly a positive indicator for the temporary staffing sector.

On the temporary side, we have seen a steep rise in demand for critical care nurses to help deal with the Coronavirus pandemic in NHS Trusts, as well as increased demand for unqualified workers to assist.

As per the lack of available PPE is also having a dramatic effect on recruitment. Candidates are extremely worried about not being sufficiently protected in their workplace, so are choosing to stop working for the time being. The demand for critical care and general nurses looks to remain high.

Over the coming months, as the economy opens up and the pandemic settles, we are certain to see an uptick in temporary healthcare staffing and recruitment.

According to Mariano Mamertino, Senior Economist, EMEA at LinkedIn The UK labour market has stabilised in recent months, despite lockdown restrictions, which is positive news for people and businesses across the country.

However, it will take time for the economy and the job market to get back to pre-pandemic levels. Having said that it is the right time for the temporary staffing sector to prepare itself for future opportunities by bringing in operational efficiencies into its business with the aid of technological solutions.  
The Logezy Staffing Solution is just the right technology for temporary staffing agencies. As a temporary agency, if you are expecting to take on a new client or multiple clients with large staffing requirement, the Logezy Staffing Solution is the best choice to quickly scale up your operations at short notice.

No matter the size of your client or the number of clients you cater to, the Logezy Staffing Solution for temp agencies lets you handle any task from publishing vacancies, viewing staff bookings, managing schedules, creating digital timesheets and client invoices.