Plenty to be gained from short-term jobs

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CAREERONE - Laura Tri­este

THE ris­ing num­ber of tem­po­rary and con­tract roles be­ing of­fered across many in­dus­tries can seem like a wor­ry­ing re­flec­tion of our un­cer­tain job cli­mate.

But for many peo­ple, it has be­come their em­ploy­ment sta­tus of choice.

The 2016 Hays Salary Guide found that 21 per cent of or­gan­i­sa­tions plan to in­crease their use of tem­po­rary and con­tract re­sources in the next fi­nan­cial year, with only 12 per cent ex­pected to de­crease such staff.

Hays manag­ing di­rec­tor Dar­ren Buchanan says it is now more com­mon to find peo­ple on fixed-term con­tracts across many in­dus­tries.

“Ten years ago it was con­sid­ered that the lower skilled work­force was typ­i­cally as­so­ci­ated with con­tract work, but it’s ac­tu­ally at all lev­els now, even at an ex­ec­u­tive level,” he says. “I think there’s al­ways been a fear that it’s per­ma­nent work’s poor cousin but there are a lot of peo­ple who pre­fer to work con­tract.”

As well as giv­ing peo­ple flex­i­bil­ity, Buchanan says there are a lot of pro­fes­sional ben­e­fits that can come from fixed-term roles.

“Peo­ple can pick up new skills, ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments and make new con­tacts,” he says. “And if you find it’s not your ideal en­vi­ron­ment, you know it’s only go­ing to be for a pe­riod of time.”

While it is ad­vis­able for peo­ple in a per­ma­nent job to as­sess their fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion be­fore jump­ing into a tem­po­rary role, Buchanan says those who are un­em­ployed have much to gain from tak­ing on con­tract work.

“It’s bet­ter to have some­thing in your CV for that pe­riod of time than noth­ing,” he says.

“You should treat any con­tract po­si­tion as you would a per­ma­nent role – be pro­fes­sional and give it 100 per cent.

“There’s still a lot of net­work­ing that can be done and we see a lot of em­ploy­ers rec­om­mend con­tract em­ploy­ees to their col­leagues in their in­dus­try.” More in­for­ma­tion at

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