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UK – Gap between assignments falls for education contractors

11 February 2014

Education contractors have noted a drop in the gap between assignments compared to 2011, indicating a rise in opportunities, according to research carried out by professional umbrella employment provider, giant group.

Results from the organisation’s latest survey found that 84% of education contractors reported their average gap between assignments remained low (0-31 days), up +5% from figures from two years ago and reflective of the increasing opportunities within the sector. The percentage of workers who experienced a gap of 61-90 days fell by -2% in this timeframe, indicative of the increasing number of options available to contractors in the sector.

Other results further highlight growing stability within the education contracting market, with 66% stating they feel the same or more secure in their role as a contractor than they did 12 months ago. The length of projects also appears to be growing with a further 63% reporting they have had only one role over the past year.

Managing Director of giant group, Matthew Brown commented on the results: “We’re very happy to see the gap between assignments fall over the past two years and believe this will continue to be the case in the future. The results aren’t entirely surprising; the opening of new schools and other institutions will always create opportunities for contractors and the proposed lengthening of school days will add to this should the idea be progressed. But it’s encouraging to note the growing steadiness and consistency in the education market which is leading to contractors feeling stable in their positions.”

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