The next time you ponder the thought of temporary work and
fear it may devalue your resume or reflect an inability to find permanent
work, think again. Getting into the temporary market is a great way to
gain experience from a variety of different roles and companies that
wouldn’t necessarily be available to you on a permanent basis.
The latest Robert Half Finance and Accounting Workplace
Survey has revealed that 82% of Australian HR and Finance Managers
believe work experience gained as a temporary employee is valuable. This
attitude is prevalent in other countries surveyed by Robert Half and has
stated that it reflects a new "modern workforce", which is increasingly
flexible in its outlook.
Managing Director of Robert Half, David Jones said " It
may come as a surprise that so many HR and Finance Managers recognise
temporary work as a valuable experience, but we have noticed a trend
towards temporary work in recent months and are increasingly placing many
candidates in professional contracting roles"
Mr Jones continued to state that although previously
temporary work seemed to reflect instability and an inability to find
permanent work, in today’s market many people actually prefer temporary
roles and contract work to permanent positions. People now want more
flexibility in their life, balancing work life and home life as well as
the opportunity to gain a variety of skills in different roles.
This trend, already common in the US and Europe is
catching on in Australia and 25% of the Australian HR and Finance Managers
surveyed said they hired temporary workers in cases of specific skills
As companies downsize or upsize and/or during their peak
times "interim teams" may be brought in to assist with projects. As are as
highly qualified professional contractors for their specialist technical
or accounting skills to work on special finite projects.
The survey has also revealed that cost is not an issue
when hiring temporary staff (cited by 3% of respondents). But amongst the
benefits of hiring temporary staff flexibility was mostly widely
recognised (43%) and experience was also noted (11%).