THE use of temporary workers in Australia is no longer a quick fix but a long-term staffing solution for almost one third of employers, a recent survey by recruiting experts Hays has revealed.
A further 24.2% of employers consider temporary workers to be essential to the success of their organisation. Just 11.8% see them as a temporary cost reduction measure.
When asked if their use of temporary workers had changed over the past 12 months, 35.8% of employers said it had increased.
A total of 83.1% of employers said temporary workers constituted up to 25% of their workforce.
"Temporary workers offer employers a flexible alternative to permanent staff who can help fill short-term and longer contracts and their expertise can be used for special projects," Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia, said.
Flexibility was an advantage of using temporary workers for 72.7% of employers.
But 54.1% found it advantageous that they could hire particular expertise for special projects.