Small businesses increasingly using freelancers over permanent staff

According to the results of a GfK NOP survey undertaken last month, which polled 1,600 small UK businesses, 60% replied they would rather hire freelancers than permanent employees as they are more flexible, bringing key skills in only when needed, thus also reducing overall labour costs. This compares with just 11% who plan to increase their capacity by recruiting permanent staff.

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  • Derek Brown

    Derek Brown, Managing Director, Technology Resourcing Ltd.

    Derek started his career as a Controls Systems Engineer, before progressing into Project Management. He joined the recruitment industry in 1988 and has since specialised in the recruitment and contract hire of engineering and technology professionals and executives.

    Derek is a Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals, a Member of the Institute of Directors and is qualified with the Recruitment & Employment Confederation's 'Diploma in Recruitment Practice'.