Respondents indicated they are currently experiencing higher hourly rates, with confidence expected to continue over the coming months with the majority predicting a continued rise in earnings.
Over 65% recorded they expect an increase in rates over the coming year, with 21% expecting no change and only 14% predicting a decrease. The length of time between contracts is also improving, with 86% noting between 0 and 31 days. This positivity is perhaps a result of the growing skills gap in the sector which has led to a 10% increase in the use of supply teachers.
Matthew Brown, Managing Director at giant group, commented on the latest results: With the start of the new term approaching, now is a good time of year to gauge how the sector is faring and what to expect over the coming months. As economic confidence in the UK becomes increasingly positive its encouraging that contractors are predicting a good twelve months ahead. As reports continue to show the increasing reliance on supply teachers, now is the time for experienced individuals to fill the widening skills gaps.