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Is it Time for HR to Change its Attitude Towards its Temporary Workforce?

As the skills shortage preoccupies HR, employers are increasingly relying on temporary agency workers to fill the gaps in their organisations.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) most recent JobsOutlook found that 87% of businesses intend to maintain or increase their use of temporary staff in the next three months amid anticipation of an ongoing candidate shortage.

Traditionally, agency workers have been seen as a short-term solution to resolve seasonal or short-term gaps in your workforce. Today that is changing as those temporary jobs are turning into long term assignments. Nearly a quarter (24%) of employers surveyed by REC suggested that they would appoint at least half of their temporary workers to a permanent role within the next year.