Many temp workers ‘earn more than permanent workers in similar positions’
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Temporary positions are in demand by candidates AND clients! And no wonder… new figures suggest more than 9 in 10 (92%) of temp workers earn the same wage as those in permanent positions.
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) carried out the survey, which also found that engineering, construction and IT and for roles such as chefs, drivers and nurses are spurring competition for qualified staff. In Bournemouth and Poole, in particular, there is huge demand for digital, marketing and hospitality temps. Trends such as flexi-time, working-from-home, BYOD, all suit the casual worker and, from the employee’s point of view, can aid that all-important work-life balance.
Temporary workers can help businesses cope with work spikes, absences and, particularly in IT, allow firms to hire workers with a specific skill set for a short period of time. The proportion of agency staff earning more than permanent staff has increased from 19% in March 2014 to 36% in January 2015, the study also found.
REC Chief Executive Kevin Green told HR Grapevine: “Supply cannot keep up with demand in many areas. “A candidate driven market has implications for the speed at which candidates can be identified and placed and more and more employers will find they need the services of expert recruiters to source and engage hard to reach candidates.”