London firms almost twice as likely to see permanent staff request move to contract roles

Six in ten (56%) small and medium sized businesses in London have seen an increase in permanent staff requesting to move to contract roles in the years following the pandemic – far higher than the UK average of 35%.
April 17, 2023
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Six in ten (56%) small and medium sized businesses in London have seen an increase in permanent staff requesting to move to contract roles in the years following the pandemic – far higher than the UK average of 35%.

Research from business finance lender Sonovate also shows that firms in the capital are increasingly reliant on contract or freelance workers – three quarters (75%) of employers report an increase in the proportion of temporary workers, compared to 67% of firms across the UK which have seen a similar trend.

Meanwhile almost a third (29%) of London businesses say they’re more cautious about recruiting permanent staff, compared to 22% across the UK.

The research suggests that businesses in London are more focused on the benefits of contract or freelance workers – three quarters (73%) say contractors and freelancers contribute to a positive company culture, higher than the UK average 66% .

Similarly, over two thirds (67%) of London firms believe offering flexibility to workers helps the business attract and retain talent – higher than the 55% UK average.

Research from the Policy Institute and King’s College London in 2022 revealed that three-quarters of London’s workers didn’t think they’d return to the office full-time. For many, the cost of commuting was a major factor.

Business lender Sonovate provides embedded finance and payment solutions for the contingent workforce – including contract and freelance workers – serving recruitment businesses, consultancies and labour marketplaces globally to smooth cashflow and ensure workers get paid on time.

Sonovate recently announced that it surpassed £3.5bn in total funding and £1 billion in annual funding for the first time as rising costs force businesses to seek finance to manage cashflow and drive growth. During 2022, Sonovate provided businesses with £1.1 billion in finance, a 58% increase on the £700 million lent in the previous year and £312 million in Q4 2022 alone.

To date, more than 33,000 freelancers, contractors and gig workers in 44 countries have received payments from over 3,300 businesses supported by Sonovate.

Original Article: HRnews

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