Across the Fusion People group of companies, this is a trend we've observed over the past two years and the indicators are that this is set to continue into the new year.
Our Fusion People brand, which has core specialisation in construction, engineering and property, has seen a 13% rise in freelance vacancies year on year and a similar rise in freelance placements. In comparison, permanent jobs and vacancies have largely plateaued following a steady rise from the depth of the recession.
Our Etica brand operates in the IT market, a market which has been less affected during the economic downturn and has retained a healthy freelance market. This is reflected in our own figures which show a very robust outlook for freelancers 2013 and an uncommon rise in permanent activity.
Across financial services and insurance, Hillman Saunders are taking freelance roles from clients that have always recruited permanently in the past as they seek to tentatively grow in 2013.
Our figures show that although demand for freelancers is likely to rise, pressures on rates and margins remain from employers and end users retaining tight control on expenditure.