Statistics show that 3.8% of Australia’s total working population employed on a temporary basis has now become the second highest in the world.
This huge increase in the propensity of employers to use temporary labour is majorly influenced by the increased prevalence of enterprise in the workforce, a decline in the proportion of firms with “close union shops”, a growth on the use of recruitment firms, among other factors.
This trend has been replicated over the 17 countries surveyed, according to a 2013 study conducted by a leading international temporary labour agency and showing three in five of all professionals and one in three employers expected an increase in their future need for temporary labour.
The study shows Australian employees have the most positive attitude towards temporary employment, with more than 75 per cent of happy wheels temporary employees satisfied with their employment.
Several people working on a temporary contract basis see it as a beneficial experience. Many believe there are ongoing benefits for their future employment, such as taking a sample of the company’s working conditions, while building their professional network and gain valuable experience without committing to permanent employment.
Flexibility is also highlighted as a main attribute to acquire temporary and contract labour. Employers add value to their processes and answer short term labour needs while identifying candidates suitable for long term positions without long term commitments.
Many national and international factors such as increased competition due to globalisation and trade liberalisation puts increasing pressures on organizations to be competitive and to manage their labour force in a cost effective manner. It seems temporary labour remains an important factor to sustain a competitive advantage.