Recruitment Diary: January 31 2013

Public and private sectors make more use of temporary staff

●Public sector staffing The public sector is relying more heavily on temporary labour to fill managerial and professional roles, says the latest Comensura Government Index. Jamie Horton, managing director at Comensura, a supply management specialist, says: “This is a transition period. The initial reaction to spending cuts was a blanket cut in the use of temporary labour in local authorities. However, as cuts move deeper, redundant roles or vacant positions appear to be filled with temporary workers. We don’t expect this trend to change soon as the economic climate makes it difficult for organisations to gain authorisation for new permanent staff.”●More temporary jobs Temporary employees are also in demand in the private sector, with UK hiring levels 5.2 per cent higher in the fourth quarter of 2012 than the same period a year earlier. The figures come from the Venn Index, a quarterly report by Venn Group, a UK provider of temporary and contract staff to organisations in the private and public sectors. Robert Bowyer, director of Venn Group, says: “Temporary employment levels in the UK remain strong. We know 2012 was an unusual year – yet despite the Olympics and additional bank holidays the signs are positive that the temporary labour market is well on the road to recovery.”●Graduate vacancies see-saw There is good news for students, too, with the number of graduate vacancies predicted to rise by 9 per cent in 2013, according to the Association of Graduate Recruiters. This would continue the see-saw pattern of the past few years – down by 9 per cent in 2009; up by the same amount in 2010; and down by 8 per cent in 2012. Carl Gilleard, AGR chief executive, says: “The results indicate a renewed level of optimism among organisations for the year ahead. With the graduate job market inextricably linked to business confidence, it is reassuring to see that employers are committed to investing in graduate talent despite the backdrop of continuing global economic uncertainty.” The AGR study also shows the average graduate starting salary rose by 4 per cent to £26,000 last year, following three consecutive years of stagnation.●NED pay static Not such good news on pay for board members, though. Fees for non-executive directors across Europe were static in most countries. Hay Group, the global management consultancy, reports a diverse set of pay structures across the continent for non-executives – with big differences in pay between chairing and non-chairing roles: non-executive chairs earn five times that of general directors on Italian boards, for example, but just 1.3 times as much on Dutch boards. It also finds female board representation is improving, but the gender pay gap has widened from 7 per cent in 2011 to 9 per cent last year. The Hay Group report, “Non-executive directors in Europe”, is based on analysis of annual reports of 390 companies listed on the main indices of 12 European countries. Read more about the boardroom by signing up to the FT Non-Executive Directors’ Club at

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