The world of work is evolving, but flexible work has remained a significant and steady feature of the UK labour market. On any given day recruiters place over a million people into temporary and contract assignments. Organisations increasingly recognise the need for agile workforce solutions that meet the demand for 24/7 services. And those working flexibly often find it fits with their lives.
To shed more light on this, the REC commissioned this research, which focuses on temporary agency workers, contractors and freelancers working through employment businesses. The aim of this report is to set out who these workers are and why individuals choose flexible work at different stages of their career. It also lays out the benefits of these kinds of work, highlights the role of intermediaries who facilitate this flexibility, and identifies measures which could further improve the nature of flexible work in the UK.