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Australians are getting more used to the idea of working on a temporary basis given the current global economic environment, according to a new survey by recruiter Hays. This found that over half (52%) of nearly 800 people questioned see an increased appeal in temporary assignments.
But scepticism remained relatively high as 29% said temporary work had become less attractive while around a fifth (19%) reported no change in their attitude towards temporary employment.
Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays Australia, said that contrary to popular belief, temporary work is not limited to entry-level office support roles.
“Professionals at all levels and various sectors are working on a temporary basis. For example, there is big demand for project and change managers within the information technology sector on a contract basis, as well as project-based developers,” he said.
“We are also seeing employers engage temporary workers as a long-term solution to their staffing needs and candidates are making the most of this trend as there are many advantages for them.”
According to Hays, candidates choose temporary work to stretch their skills and achieve a better work-life balance. Some professionals also see a higher earning potential when working on a temporary basis.
Employers meanwhile opt for temporary staff because of their expertise and the support they can provide to a company. Many organisations also use temporary workers on a trial basis to test their ability to do the job.