Rise of temp work no barrier to permanent roles: survey

by L&D07 Mar 2017

New research shows that background of temping shouldn’t disadvantage learners when it comes to securing a permanent position.

The annual study, developed by specialist recruitment company Robert Half, was conducted in 2016 by an independent research firm surveying 100 Australian HR managers.

It found that for 73% of hiring managers, a background of temporary work is regarded as the equivalent to a permanent role though 49% add the proviso that the candidate should not present as a job hopper.

Just under half (44%) of hiring managers say temporary work is an advantage if the assignment was in line with the sector/job criteria of the permanent role being offered.

More than one in five (21%) believe a CV that includes temporary assignments highlights the candidate’s flexibility.

Remarkably, just 3% of hiring managers say temp roles can suggest a jobseeker may not be capable of securing permanent employment.

David Jones, Senior Managing Director at Robert Half Asia Pacific said that while a permanent position is the goal of many jobseekers, candidates increasingly take on temporary work, consciously as well as until the right permanent role comes along.

“The flexibility of temporary work can be very appealing at various stages of a candidate’s career. For an employer, it can bring fresh vigour into the workplace, elevating the energy levels of existing members of staff,” Jones said in a statement.

“Whatever the circumstances, this research supports the notion that a background of temporary assignments should not in any way disadvantage candidates when it comes down to securing a permanent position.”

Jones pointed out that, on the contrary, this emphasises their breadth of experience and flexibility.

“That said, candidates need to also be mindful of taking on temporary roles that are supportive of their long term goals,” he said.

“And for employers, this staffing structure enables the most efficient use of planning resources, cost efficiencies, and caters to those businesses with unexpected or temporary demands, such as projects or temporary replacements.”


Category: L&D

Keywords: Employment, learners

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