5 Reasons Employers Should Take on More Temporary Workers
- February 18, 2020
The hiring market is changing.
With employment at an all-time high, many companies are finding it hard to locate the right kind of staff they need to help them reach their business goals.
As recruiters in the North West, we have seen an increase in the number of candidates enquiring about temporary work and this is echoed in the UK as a whole, with temp work being one of the fastest areas of recruitment.
However, many organisations are still reluctant to take on temporary staff, and quite often view it as a ‘last resort’. In doing this, many companies are missing out on a vast array of talented employees who are looking for less-permanent positions.
If you are not fully utilising temporary workers in your business yet, and are unsure as to why you should start, here are the five reasons that employers should take on more temporary workers this year.
1. A Clever Staffing Solution
We work with organisations of many different sizes, serving a range of sectors. And what we find more and more often is that they cannot locate the talent they need to help them achieve their business goals.
Many companies will persist with and repeat their recruitment process with the view to finding a permanent member of staff to fill a position. Many organisations would not consider a temporary employee: because the role is permanent, they want a permanent member of staff.
But in doing this, they struggle on with a vacant position, or worse; they employ the ‘wrong’ permanent employee in haste. The cost of rehiring for permanent employees can become very costly indeed.
This is the perfect opportunity to utilise an employee on a temporary contract – to solve an ongoing recruitment issue.
2. For Flexibility
In an ever-changing economy, and especially during the Brexit transition period, many employers are finding that their staffing needs are fluctuating.
Sometimes it is not feasible for employers to take on staff with permanent contracts when they know that they cannot predict how long they will be needed.
Temp workers are perfect for the changing demands of your business. Many employees are looking for short-term and temporary work. You can work with a recruiter to outline your businesses needs, and they can find you staff who fit into exactly what you’re looking for, skills and contract-wise.
3. When Your Team Needs a Lift
On the flip-side, there are times when businesses are booming, and they need all the help they can get. It’s great when you see an increase in custom, but this can have negative repercussions on your team.
Continuing with the same size of team and expecting them to take on extra duties when you need them to can cause stress and anxiety among your employees, and will eventually lead to a drop in productivity.
If your team needs a morale boost in the form of some extra help to see them through unexpected busy times, bringing in some fresh faces for a limited period is a smart solution.
4. Access to Untapped Talent
Is your organisation going through a period of change? Are you changing your services or processes? Are you expanding?
You might already have an excellent team in place, but sometimes you need access to new talent to help you through a transition period.
In the past, there was a stereotype of temp work being associated with low-skilled talent looking for very casual contracts, but this is not the case anymore.
There is a wealth of talent considering temporary work for a variety of reasons, such as alongside part-time studying, new parents looking for employment to fit around raising their family, and those looking to change sectors. All of these employees can add real value to your business in the time you need them most.
5. With a View to a Permanent Hire
Finally, probably the most significant benefit that employers can get out of temporary hires is temp-to-perm positions.
Organisations can work with recruiters to find employees looking for temp-to-perm contracts to ‘try before they buy’. This is a great way to find out if the employee fits into your organisation – if they are the ‘right’ person for the job before you sign on the dotted line.
And it’s a two-way street, too. Many temp workers prefer these type of contracts (when they are looking for permanent work eventually) as they can see if they like the role and the company without being tied down.
Do you currently employ temporary workers in your organisation? Perhaps you have used them in the past, or only use them at specific points in the year, such as over the Christmas period. Consider taking on temporary workers in your organisation at different times to enjoy the benefits that I have outlined here.
There are plenty of candidates looking for temporary contracts who are waiting to hear from your organisation right now – get in touch with us to find out more.
About Clayton Recruitment
Clayton Recruitment has been partnering with organisations across the country since 1989 and during that time has built up an excellent reputation for trust and reliability.
With specialist divisions covering Commercial, Financial, Industrial, Nursing, and Engineering appointments, on both a permanent and temporary basis. If you are looking for your next career move, we can help. Call us on 01772 259 121 or email us here.
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