The pace of growth in the jobs market slowed during March 2017, as continued skills shortages once again created problems for businesses seeking to hire.
Umbrella firms and agencies have been called upon to work together closely to ensure clarity over contractor pay following the introduction of new changes to IR35 regulations.
Jobs growth in the construction industry slowed during March, though the overall trend remained on an upward curve.
Small businesses across the UK are becoming increasingly reliant on freelance and self-employed talent as a means of plugging skills gaps, according to a new survey.
The availability of new vacancies for UK contractors dipped slightly during February 2017, according to data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies.
The government has been urged to introduce a statutory definition of self-employment to end confusion on the subject and prevent unscrupulous businesses from exploiting workers.
Recruitment companies are largely expecting the jobs market to remain healthy over the course of 2017, despite the looming shadow cast by Brexit.
The UK could instantly lose access to thousands of construction professionals if the country severs ties with the European single market following Brexit.
British businesses remain keen to take on additional staff, despite ongoing concerns about a lack of available talent.
Smaller businesses are calling on the government to ensure that leaving the European Union has the smallest possible impact on their import and export activities.