Recruitment Trends for Contractors
In the fast-paced realm of HR & contract recruitment, the contractor market takes centre stage, playing a pivotal role in meeting the dynamic demands of businesses across various industries. As we step into 2024, the UK and Irish contractor market is undergoing a transformative dance, aligning with the latest recruitment trends and human resource hiring strategies. It is essential for contractors and employers to sync up with these changes to stay ahead of the game. According to our latest research on contractors, almost 67% are open to new opportunities in 2024. So, with this in mind, let’s delve into the five key hiring trends shaping the contractor market in the UK this year, weaving in the vital keywords for those scouring the internet for recruitment insights.
Remote Revolution Slowing Down
In 2023, the rise in remote work opportunities was not just a buzzword; it was a hiring trend that defined the HR and recruiting landscape. The COVID-19 aftermath has accelerated the adoption of remote work across industries, with businesses recognising the benefits of a flexible workforce. Read further research into this topic here in an article by Nigel Bolger, our Commercial Manager.
In 2024 we are expecting to see a pullback for this with companies pushing for more time in the office. Justifications are being made for this for both larger and smaller companies. 1 week per month onsite or 2 days per week are the current working habits for many. The only major shift we expect here is that companies will increase their requirements for contractors to be onsite.
In navigating the competitive job market, businesses are on the lookout for contractors with specialised skills – a talent acquisition trend that dominated in 2023. Companies understand the importance of sourcing individuals with niche expertise to meet specific project requirements. After all, they expect the contractors to hit the ground running. 2023 saw a quiet year for contractors in the Software Engineering space with continued growth in demand on DevOps, Data, and interestingly in Finance. The Project Management and Business Analysis demand maintained in 2023 and we are seeing a slight growth in demand for these skillsets in 2024 already.