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Norway – More older workers found in temporary jobs

16 October 2012

One in five Norwegians would consider working as a temporary worker as 40% believe that temporary employment could lead to a permanent job, a new survey by ManpowerGroup Norway has found.

The temporary staffing industry has a better reputation than is made out in the press. 20% of those surveyed would have a go at working as a temporary, but half of the respondents already worked in temporary positions.

“The survey confirms our own experience that temporary jobs are attractive, and they often lead to permanent employment. Many people tend to underestimate the possibilities a temporary job offers,” said Thor Bendik Weider, executive director of Manpower Norway.

The research found that temporary employment helps to boost work experience with 71% saying that a temporary job has improved their professional network and CV. “As a temporary worker, you get a unique opportunity to get to know various organisations and industries … A temporary position is flexible and may open new opportunities,” said Mr Weider.

He also revealed that the staffing agency has seen an increased demand of older workers entering the temporary recruitment market. “More and more senior workers want to change their careers.  We have experienced growth in the number of agency workers aged over 55, from around 2% in 2004 to 6.5% in 2011.” 

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