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Australia – Most employers would hire temporary workers for a permanent role, research finds

08 November 2018

The majority of Australian employers, or 92%, would hire an employee who has been working in continuous temporary/contract roles for a permanent position, according to survey research from Robert Half Australia.

The survey of 460 Australian hiring managers found that most of them are actively extending permanent contracts to those in temporary/contract roles and positively evaluating the impact temporary staff bring to their organisation.

More than eight in ten, or 88%, would extend a permanent contract to a skilled employee who was initially hired on a temporary basis.

Andrew Morris, Director of Robert Half Australia, commented, “We see many employers are receptive towards hiring temporary staff as they realise the benefits offered by having a mix of both contract and permanent staff. This positive turnaround is also having a direct impact on the career paths of temporary professionals as top performers are in turn being offered permanent positions by their employer if and when there’s an available opportunity.”

Robert Half’s research looked into the benefits of contract work and found that according to 78% of employers, contract workers enjoy flexibility while still maintaining a healthy degree of job security, removing the stigma that some professionals have about the perceived instability of this type of work. Meanwhile 75% of hiring managers said they agree that filling temporary positions quickly is of the essence when hiring contract workers.

Approximately three quarters of Australian employers, or 76%, say having a mix of both temporary and permanent employees is crucial to the success of their department/company and 71% of hiring managers also feel contract workers are a key component of their department’s long-term staffing strategy.

“The benefits of a flexible staffing approach are being felt by employers, particularly in a candidate-short market, as it allows them access to a much larger pool of skilled talent,” Morris said. “By adopting a mix of both permanent and contract workers, Australian companies can become more competitive as they’re able to fill essential skills gaps quickly, whilst maintaining business continuity and starting new projects, without the additional cost burden of expanding headcount.”

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