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New Reed survey shows optimism for 2017 and beyond

This new piece of research was carried out by recruitment firm Reed in association with YouGov, and shows that contractors and freelancers, as well as permanent workers, appear to be feeling very optimistic about what 2017 will bring for their careers. The findings of the survey show that 43% of workers are feeling positive about […]

By Laura Nixon on 16 Jan 2017
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This new piece of research was carried out by recruitment firm Reed in association with YouGov, and shows that contractors and freelancers, as well as permanent workers, appear to be feeling very optimistic about what 2017 will bring for their careers.

The findings of the survey show that 43% of workers are feeling positive about the opportunities that may present themselves over the course of the next 12 months – while just under half (48%) of respondents were planning to look for a new position during the course of the year. Which could of course mean a move into contracting, based on the areas of improvement that were cited.

The reason for a decision to move jobs was primarily around finances, with 51% of respondents hoping to increase their earnings – but well over a third (38%) also stated that a key reason for this decision was around improving their work life balance – which, as we all know, is something that can be found as part of being a contractor. One other reason for considering a new role was to gain a better working environment, which again is something which contractors have more choice around.

Commenting on the findings, Reed’s UK Managing Director and Specialist Recruiter Tom Lovell said, “ Increasing skills shortages mean that in 2017, the war for talent is back on, with great rewards for those who can successfully negotiate the opportunities available. As technology changes roles and creates new jobs with new skills, gaps in the market are opening and new opportunities created. The next generation is looking to the future to train and keep pace with these exciting changes.”

The optimism which has been identified makes it clear that the majority of workers are not having their confidence shaken by the ongoing Brexit saga – and are instead planning the next stage of their careers with enthusiasm, particularly the younger generation.

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