Recruiters Give In To Temp-tation
By Claire West
Temps are becoming more and more responsible for keeping businesses afloat in the current economic downturn. Whether businesses require an extra pair of hands to cover busy holiday periods or managers are reluctant to recruit permanent staff, temps have become indispensable to companies around the country.
An impressive 1.3 million temp workers keep businesses ticking over in the UK on average every day, proving that more and more businesses are being tempted by
Jonny Breeze, founder of Yellow Cat Recruitment has seen a significant increase in the recent demand for temporary staff, citing the credit crunch as...
...a definitive reason for the augmented popularity:
"Since October we have noticed a considerable increase in demand for temporary staff with this side of our business up by over 80 per cent compared with this time last year."
Beyond the obvious reasons for employing temporary staff (they are affordable and can be turned on and off on demand) Jonny is keen to promote the wider values and benefits of employing temporary staff.
He says: "Temps can be massively undervalued. They not only fill the gaps while permanent staff are absent, sick or on extended leave but they can also help define the role itself. When recruiting a permanent position a temp can help you define the duties of the role before taking the jump into employing full time staff.
"Temporary work is not just a test bed for the role; we often find that many of our temps get offered permanent positions, which saves the business valuable time and money searching for and interviewing candidates."
Key advantages of being or employing a temp include:
• The try before you buy theory - by employing staff for a short amount of time, companies can test out their abilities before you commit... continued on page two >