Q1 sees 15.2% decrease in public sector temp use
Thu, 10 May 2012
The use of temporary labour in the public sector was 15.2% lower in the first quarter of 2012 than in the same period last year, according to the latest Government Index from procurement and supply chain services firm Comensura.
The survey of 79 local authorities and other public bodies saw the North-East suffering the biggest drop, at 127.3%, closely followed by 115.9% in the West Midlands.
Driving & transportation, engineering and IT all saw cuts in the use of temps, while temporary construction workers increased by 20.5%
Following the implementation of the Agency Worker Regulations (AWR), this period also saw an average 8.9% increase in hourly pay rates.
Jamie Horton, managing director of Comensura, says: “The decrease in temporary employment in the North-East and West Midlands is reflected within the wider UK employment figures. Local authorities have made a real and concerted effort to reduce the amount spent on temporary labour.
“Looking forward”, he continues, “the decrease in usage of temporary labour is expected to continue.”