It didn’t pan out quite as it was forecast by my fellow agents, mainly due to the unforeseen introduction of ‘Tier 4’ covid restrictions, but the bounce back in temporary billings which staffing firms expected in early December more than came to pass for us and our contractors, writes Natalie Bowers of niche contractor jobs agency Bowers Partnership.
In fact, December 2020 was the busiest December our business has ever experienced – and I’ve been at this contractor recruitment game for 20 years!
Our 2021 outlook, upended
At the tail-end of the Christmas holiday, this record uptick made us optimistic for the New Year and convinced that it boded well for hiring activity in the rest of 2021. That was our feeling right up until England was plunged back into coronavirus lockdown – the third of its kind – on January 4th 2021.
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