Plenty to be gained from short-term jobs
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 hays.com.au