Temp worker cost spi­ralling out of con­trol, warns union

Belfast Telegraph - - BUSINESS - BY ALAN JONES

THE cost of hir­ing agency staff and tem­po­rary work­ers to cover for short­ages across the pub­lic sec­tor is “spi­ralling out of con­trol”, a new re­port claims.

Re­search by the GMB union showed the an­nual bill for em­ploy­ing temps or agency work­ers had in­creased by £2.5bn over the past five years to over £11bn.

Na­tional of­fi­cer Re­hana Azam said the sit­u­a­tion had wors­ened be­cause of the cap on pub­lic sec­tor pay, which was caus­ing “last­ing dam­age”.

She added: “Re­cruit­ment and agency costs are spi­ralling out of con­trol and it is ques­tion­able whether the pol­icy is sav­ing any money at all.

“That is why we are de­mand­ing a pay rise of at least 5% to re­store some of the qual­ity of life stolen from our mem­bers.”

The GMB said there was a “for­got­ten army” of three mil­lion pub­lic sec­tor work­ers not cov­ered by a pay re­view body.

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