20% of employers expect to hire more contract staff

March 19, 201410:02 am348 views
20% of employers expect to hire more contract staff
20% of employers expect to hire more contract staff

SINGAPORE: Two-thirds of employers in Singapore have said they hire contract staff — with 20 per cent expecting to employ more over the next 12 months, according to a survey by recruiting company Hays.

The survey of 2,600 employers found that 43 per cent of them hire temporary and contract staff for special projects or workloads, while a further 24 per cent employ them on a regular ongoing basis.

Regional director of Hays in Singapore & Malaysia Chris Mead said: “Candidates are gaining more confidence and acceptance of temporary roles, aided no doubt by the higher compensation package they offer.

“This is a fortunate trend since more employers are turning to a flexible staffing approach and almost one quarter now use temporary and contract staff on a regular basis.

“Temporary assignments are no longer seen as simply a quick fix, but a long-term staffing solution that also offers headcount flexibility.”

Hays said that both employers and contract staff stand to benefit from temporary employment.

For the employers, it offers flexibility since a temporary worker can fill both long- and short-term needs, and be engaged and released at short notice.

Companies can engage temporary staff who have specific expertise, or to support a permanent workforce during workload peaks.

Temporary assignments reduce an employer’s administrative burden since they are paid by an agency and are fully interviewed and reference-checked.

For the staff, temporary assignments offer exposure to varied workloads, systems and industries, allowing them to expand their skills base, make new contacts and improve their work-life balance through the flexibility of the working arrangements.


source: channelnewsasia.com

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