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World – Hays: Temporary work still has image problem in some countries

24 June 2013

The latest Hays Journal revealed mixed views on temporary work. Whilst flexibility of temporary workers offers obvious benefits to hiring managers, contingent workforces still have an image problem.

The Hays UK Flexible Workforce Survey reports that 78% of respondents said the main benefit of a temporary contract was increased flexibility. 70% reported enjoying greater independence and 61% enjoyed their freedom from a permanent role.

18% of respondents stated that the main reason they chose temporary work was to avoid office politics. Whilst 15% said temporary contracts offer a better work / life balance. A further one-in-ten noted the better rate of pay in temporary roles.  

Hays Australia’s ‘Temporary Workers: A Permanent Solution’ demonstrates that temporary workers are often highly paid specialists taking on irregular functional roles, from accounting to health & safety. 15% of temporary workers were in the financial services sector, with 19% employed in construction, property, and engineering.

Nick Deligiannis, Managing Director of Hays Australia, says, “Employers see the use of temporary workers as a long-term staffing strategy, rather than a cost-cutting measure.”

While temporary work is an attractive and respected mode of employment in the UK and Australia, the situation is still evolving in Japan. Almost three-quarters of Japanese workers see contract assignments as a less attractive option than permanent roles.

Jonathan Sampson, Regional Director for Hays Japan, says that the nation’s employers may be forcing a change in attitudes. “Our contract offerings have doubled in the last 18 months. Six out of ten of our clients plan to use a temporary solution in the next 18 months.”

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