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Rising recruitment to boost short-term leasing

Date: 12 February 2010

Rising UK recruitment levels are already providing a boost to short-term company car leasing in 2010, said Equalease.

As a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers found that 63% of UK firms are looking to take on more staff this year, Equalease managing director Paul Ashton said employers were learning that short term leasing was a good way to provide a company car during staff probationary periods.

"The recession means that employers are even keener than usual to take a good look at probationary staff over an initial three-six month period to ensure that they are the right person for the job before committing," said Ashton.

"These people often need a company car but their employers do not feel prepared to commit to a new car purchase or to take out a three or four year lease until the employee becomes permanent. Also, many companies have ceased to operate a pool fleet out of which a car could have been provided.

He added: "Until the emergence of short term leasing, the only option was daily rental, which can prove very expensive if the car is to be retained for a lengthy period such as three or six months."