The rise of the temporary worker is an established trend that is here for the long run. In the REC’s Report On Jobs, January 2019 issue, (which is based on a survey of 400 recruitment/employment consultancies), agencies’ temporary/contract staff billings continued to increase in December 2018. This rapid growth from November to December was sharper than its historical average.
When it comes to temporary staff recruitment, we are witnessing more organisations turn to temporary staffing in an effort to handle their rising workloads.
The cultural shift
This trend has brought about several changes for UK firms in terms of their business models and structure, thanks to cultural transformations and digital advancement. The cultural shift amongst employees of rejecting the traditional 9 to 5 working day, opting for a job that offers them freedom, flexibility and that accommodates their work-life balance, presents a lucrative opportunity for employers to propel cost-savings and enhance their market adaptability.
By tapping into these needs of workers and by taking them on temporarily, workers enjoy the career flexibility from job-hopping whilst organisations can decrease their costs and adapt more easily to the fast-changing and highly competitive market -
Experiencing a sudden peak in business? Take on temporary workers.
Require a specialist to complete a project? Hire a temporary worker.
Whether the recruitment of staff is driven by seasonal demand, employee absence, a skills gap or any other reason, the common solution nowadays is to find talent who can dive immediately into the work with little or no training required.
Why firms are turning to temporary staffing
As well as the obvious benefit of the quick acquisition of workers and therefore spending less time on the hiring procedure, hiring temps can undoubtedly bring some fresh perspectives to the company, offering new ideas to tired-out projects. Moreover, firms who engage temporary workers can reduce their overhead costs. For instance, our temporary staff recruitment service undertakes the recruitment and screening of applicants as well as job advertising, leaving you free to focus on your business. Likewise, our in-house finance team takes care of the administration formalities by managing temporary workers’ payroll, employer’s national insurance, pension, holiday pay, parental pay, Statutory Sick Pay and Agency Worker Regulation requirements.
Not only do firms that hire temps drive cost-savings, however, they also save valuable time. Our online timesheet system, for example, is a quick and efficient way for clients to edit and approve candidate timesheets, view active bookings check invoices from a desktop, mobile or tablet 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Once authorised, the payroll department processes the timesheets, leaving our clients free to focus their efforts on their business operations.
An equally important incentive driving the number of temporary workers is the ability for organisations to try before they buy. Otherwise stated, rather than spending weeks or even months on the hiring process to later discover that the employee is not the right fit for the company, UK firms are hiring temp workers to evaluate the workers’ performance, attitude to work and their overall suitability for the role in question, without the financial burden of a permanent job offer. This proves equally beneficial for temp workers who can assess the company and job role before they decide whether the job is right for them.
With these points in mind, it becomes clear why the growth of temporary workers in the UK has occurred at such an astonishingly fast rate. According to the REC, the forecast demand for temporary workers is only set to rise with many more employers seeking to drive business growth through the specialist skills and rich experience of temporary workers.
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