Short stays grow
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.
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