An EU law which may be introduced to the UK within the next two years may affect the amount of temporary workers employed by companies, according to a poll.
The directive, which plans to ensure that temporary staff are paid the same as permanent employees, is worrying employers in Britain, a survey by Eversheds found.
According to the poll, 80 per cent of employers predicted their recruitment costs would rise while two-thirds of respondents said they would tackle this by relaxing their intake of temporary workers.
"It is crucial that the government does not jeopardise the jobs market and ensuring that the details of the EU directive are workable will be a key test within this context," commented chief executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) Kevin Green.
The number of employees being recruited in permanent positions in the UK is at its lowest in seven years, according to calculations from the REC.