Nearly 70 per cent of recruitment agencies are expecting a shortage of temporary agency workers over the Christmas period, according to research from de Poel.
The shortage is expected to affect most sectors, especially in the logistics and manufacturing sectors.
42 per cent of recruitment agencies surveyed said they expect there to be a lack of available temporary workers in the logistics sector over the next few months, while 14 per cent expected a shortage of workers in manufacturing.
Matthew Sanders, chief executive officer of de Poel said: “In October the government confirmed there would be no changes to the Agency Workers Regulations that will be coming into force in 2011, which gives temporary agency workers the same rights as permanent staff after 12 weeks in a job. We hope that this will encourage more people to consider temporary agency labour as an alternative to permanent work, while still being able to get the same benefits.”