The latest Pulse Survey of Hiring Intentions from the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association (RCSA) shows 61 per cent of responding RCSA members predict an increase in the demand for permanent recruitment services over the next three months. In addition, 50 per cent expect an increase for on-hire workers over the time period.
“The Pulse Survey of Hiring Intentions and the Department of Employments’ Internet Vacancy Index, both reflect the wider recruitment industry expectation of a steadying in the demand for permanent and on-hire recruitment services,” said RCSA CEO Steve Granland. “The demand for on-hire services has steadied over the past three months with the Pulse Survey Index of Demand showing actual demand for on-hire services reaching 3.24, which is on-par with the estimate of demand provided by members in December 2013. RCSA members expect the Pulse Survey Index of Future Demand for on-hire services to reach 3.26 during the March to June period.”
One reason for the increase in demand for contract labour is the number of large scale infrastructure projects currently being released. However, demand is expected to remain constant over the same period for permanent placement services with demand for occupations such managers, community and personal services and sales the highest.
The survey’s future trends are based on a good performance over past months as 54 per cent of responding RCSA members reported an increase in demand for on-hire worker services between January to March, an increase of 6 per cent from December 2013.