Rise in temporary workers set to continue

02 Sep 06:00 by Richard

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Rise in temporary workers set to continue

A recent survey of hiring intentions indicated that the growth of temporary workers is six-times higher than total UK employment growth and this is the trend set to continue in 2015.

4% rise in Health and Welfare

The research conducted by Economic Modelling Specialists International (EMSI) found that in all areas temporary employment in the UK increased 13.8% from 2011 to 2014, and the second biggest sector – after teaching and childcare – is health and welfare.

Transition between temp and perm

A separate research by CareerBuilder suggests that more than half (56%) of employers are looking to hire temporary staff within the next year, and 44% of these say that they plan to transition some of their temporary staff into permanent positions.

These figures seem to indicate a “soft approach” to hiring in the wake of the recession, companies trying out temporary workers before committing to a permanent hirer.

Disappearing stigma of temporary work

According to CareerBuilder’s managing director these trends may be an indication that the stigma of temporary work and workers may not apply to the current generation.

We’re seeing an increase in temporary staff in areas where traditionally they haven’t been widely used,” he said. “The perception of temporary workers as low-skilled has certainly shifted. Now they’re seen as just as valuable as their colleagues on the permanent payroll.”