Companies hire temporary instead of permanent staff amid virus restrictions

Businesses are turning to temporary staff to fill vacancies as coronavirus restrictions continue to “stifle” hiring for permanent roles, according to an economic report.

The latest Royal Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs found the 11-month trend of a drop in permanent job placements continued in December, although the decline slowed to a “noticeably slower pace” from November.

Respondents blamed the latest reduction on Covid-19 lockdown measures.

Trends between Scotland and the UK diverged in December, with permanent places in the UK as a whole rising for the first time since September.

Meanwhile, temporary appointments rose for the fourth consecutive month in the quickest increase in demand for short-term staff since late 2019.

Those surveyed said companies had taken on additional staff due to slightly improved demand.

Permanent candidate availability also rose at the UK level in December, with the upturn slightly faster than in Scotland.

The report also found

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