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TEM­PO­RARY staff are be­com­ing more com­mon in work­places, with the num­ber of firms hir­ing con­tract staff on a reg­u­lar ba­sis ris­ing to 20 per cent this year, up from 16 per cent in 2009.

Re­cruit­ment firm Hays, which sur­veyed 1800 com­pa­nies, found a fifth used tem­po­rary staff on an on­go­ing ba­sis and an­other 47 per cent used them for spe­cial projects and work­load spikes.

Hays Queens­land di­rec­tor Dar­ren Buchanan says the rise in con­tract work re­flects a shift in at­ti­tudes, with many work­ers no longer seek­ing per­ma­nent work.

‘‘Those can­di­dates at­tracted to tem­po­rary as­sign­ments see them as a way to gain a bet­ter work/life bal­ance,’’ he says.

‘‘For some, they pro­vide the flex­i­bil­ity they need to be able to re­main in the work­force, while oth­ers are at­tracted to the va­ri­ety of the work­load and the broader depth of op­por­tu­ni­ties, ex­pe­ri­ence and skills they can de­velop in tem­po­rary as­sign­ments.’’

For em­ploy­ers, hir­ing staff tem­po­rar­ily en­ables them to in­crease and de­crease their work­force as the busi­ness’s re­quire­ments change.

Buchanan says a mix of per­ma­nent and tem­po­rary staff pro­vides a flex­i­ble work­force.

‘‘Flex­i­bil­ity is the key, with the abil­ity to re­dis­tribute, in­crease or de­crease re­sources as the needs of the busi­ness change,’’ he says.

More info at www.hays .com.au DODGY tradies will be a thing of the past, ac­cord­ing to Fisher & Paykel, which has launched a new ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gram aimed specif­i­cally at train­ing elec­tri­cal ser­vice tech­ni­cians. The white goods man­u­fac­turer aims to lobby for the pro­gram to be­come a na­tional stan­dard. More than 30 ap­pren­tices are near­ing the end of the inaugural three-year course. Go to www.fish­er­paykel.com.au BUSI­NESSES not yet em­brac­ing Face­book and other so­cial me­dia sites should at­tend break­fast on Wed­nes­day to hear on­line net­work guru Simon Dell ex­plain the value of cy­ber pro­mo­tion. Dell, who runs pri­vate train­ing classes and speaks to firms in­clud­ing Price­Wa­ter­house­Coop­ers about so­cial me­dia, will an­a­lyse net­work­ing sites at the Bron­cos Leagues Club, Red Hill, from 6.45am. Tick­ets $42. For more, email terri@ter­ri­cooper.com.au QUEENS­LAND Art Gallery chief Tony Ell­wood re­ceived the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment’s Medal for Man­age­ment In­no­va­tion at an awards cer­e­mony last week. Ell­wood was recog­nised for his in­no­va­tion in lead­ing a large team of staff at one of Aus­tralia’s top cul­tural tourism desti­na­tions. SPORT coaches, ad­min­is­tra­tors, in­struc­tors and vol­un­teers are in­vited to a free work­shop on Wed­nes­day at Im­bil, south of Gympie, to learn how to ef­fec­tively plan events in their sports clubs. The State Govern­ment-run work­shops cover or­gan­is­ing venues, per­mits, sup­pli­ers, lo­gis­tics, spon­sor­ship, mar­ket­ing and risk man­age­ment. Book­ings es­sen­tial. Visit www.sportrec.qld.gov.au/ work­shops

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