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Temporary Staff Enjoy The Benefit of Flexibility and Independence Says Hays

Temporary Staff Enjoy The Benefit of Flexibility and Independence Says Hays

Over three quarters (78%) of temporary workers said the main benefit of a temporary contract was increased flexibility, according to a recent survey from Hays, the leading recruiting experts.  Greater independence (71%) and the ability to learn new skills and not having to commit to a permanent role (61%) were also considered a major benefit of temporary contracts. Encouragingly, a third of workers said temporary work had become more attractive since the recession.

The survey of over 500 temporary employees revealed that nearly a third (30%) specifically chose a temporary contract over a permanent role. Interestingly, just under a fifth (18%) said the main reason they did so was to avoid office politics while 15% said temporary contracts offer a better work life balance and the flexibility to pick and choose work. One in ten (11%) said pay was better for temporary roles.

Nigel Heap, Managing Director of Hays UK & Ireland, says, “There has been a definite shift in attitudes in regards to temporary contracts over the last few years, with nearly a third (32%) of employees saying they have seen an improvement in the type of temporary work on offer since the recession. For professionals looking for the much valued but often elusive benefits of flexible working and the ability to develop new skills and experience temporary contracts can offer a real alternative in a competitive jobs market.”

The survey also found that nearly half (42%) of employers said temporary staff are essential to their business success and over three quarters (79%) said their use of temporary workers in the last 12 months had either increased or stayed the same. Employers primarily looked to temporary staff for support during busy times (32%) and a significant number also used them to access specific skills and experience (14%) which might go some way to explaining why 13% used temporary staff to overcome a shortage of suitable permanent candidates.

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