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Australia – Nearly a quarter of firms using temp staff at senior level: Hays

18 September 2019

More than one in five, or 22%, of organisations in Australia have employed temporary or contract staff at a senior level over the past year, with another 6% using executive or c-suite candidates for short-term needs, according to data from Hays.

Of the more than 3,400 organisations surveyed by Hays, 58% also utilise temporary and contract staff at the entry-level and 59% do so at the mid-level.

“Temporary candidates at the senior and executive levels are typically called upon to run a project, manage transformations or provide non-core skills that are only required for a short period of time,” Nick Deligiannis, Managing Director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand, said. “The lengthy nature of senior and executive recruitment processes also leads many employers to call in a candidate who can ensure business as usual until a new permanent employee can commence.”

“At the executive level, people looking to advance their career find that the exposure and real-life experience gained in temporary assignments helps them transition up into their first c-suite role,” Deligiannis said. “Those executives who are looking to transition down into retirement value the opportunity to work on a few select assignments each year.”

Data from the recruiter shows that 48% of employers look for temporary candidates who can bring problem solving skills to a team. This is followed by communication skills (43%), technology and digital and trade-specific skills (both 40%), critical thinking skills (33%), project management skills (28%) and stakeholder engagement skills (21%).

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