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Australia – Temporary workers no “quick fix”

28 November 2012

The use of temporary workers in Australia is no longer a quick fix but a long-term staffing solution for employers, a survey by Hays has revealed today. This shows that 31.2% of organisations consider temporary workers to be key in their long-term staffing strategy.

Around a quarter of employers also consider temporary workers to be essential to the success of their organisation, while 11.8% see them as a way to cut costs.

The research indicates that demand for temporary workers is on the rise as 35.8% of employers said they have increased their temporary workforce over the last 12 months. Around 83% say temporary workers make up to 25% of their workforce.

 “Temporary workers offer employers a flexible alternative to permanent staff who can help fill short-term and longer contracts and their expertise can be used for special projects,” said Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia.

Employers said that flexibility is one of the advantages of using temporary workers while over half said they also benefit from hiring particular expertise. But temporary workers also help to relieve permanent employees, with 60% saying so.

“Rather than continuously redistributing work between current permanent employees, which can reduce productivity, increase stress and may negatively impact on health and safety, temporary resources can instead support a permanent team,” said Mr Deligiannis.

“For the employer, there is also a reduced administrative burden as temporary workers are paid by a recruitment agency, are fully interviewed and reference checked, and have undertaken any necessary pre-employment medicals, safety checks and OHS training.”

According to the survey, temporary workers are most used in the public sector, construction, property and engineering, as well as in resources and mining. 

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