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Australia – Employers use “try before buy” strategy with temporary workers

25 January 2013

Both employers and candidates are using temporary assignments to suss each other out, according to the latest Hays Quarterly Report. This also found a “notable” increase of temporary workers in the construction industry.

 “Where employers cannot appoint permanently, they are increasingly looking at other solutions such as temporary assignments,” said managing director of Hays Australia, Nick Deligiannis.

“Temporary workers are also a long-term strategy for some employers, with some extending the initial contract period, such as those in the accountancy and finance sector. They can be a good way for employers to also ‘try before they buy’ and make sure the candidate is the right fit.”

The report identified areas where temporary staff will be most in demand, including teaching jobs. More IT employers are also taking employees on a contract basis in order to get them on board There’s also been an increase in temporary hires in the areas of office support, logistics and life sciences industries.

“In some professions, such as architecture, for example, we have seen that candidates are also open to temporary assignments due to the flexibility and increased demand from employers. Candidates are therefore, also using temporary assignments to their advantage and to see if they like the employer before making a full commitment,” said Mr Deligiannis.

In the resources and mining industry which suffered recent setbacks, boilermakers, mechanical engineers and project engineers are projected to be most in demand during the first quarter of 2013. 

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