The Agency Workers Regulations have been in effect for almost six months now, and despite predications of 500,000 contracts being axed, the temporary work sector - including most contractors and freelancers - has been remarkably undamaged.
The Office for National Statistics has recently published figures which show that 80,000 more people were made unemployed in the three month period before July 2011, taking the total number of jobless to a shocking 2.51 million.
The REC and KPMG regularly offer updates on the UK jobs market. Their most recent report for December offers good news for the contractor workforce. While the number of permanent placements showed a weak rise, there was a marked increase in temporary and contracting jobs.