Temporary workers on the increase
Part-time workers make up nearly a third of the British workforce. Many businesses are turning to temporary employees – including interim, part-time and freelance workers – to fulfil their staffing needs. Temporary employment has also become an appealing career choice for many individuals, who leverage the opportunities available and make short-term positions work for them.
Organisations are now recognising the need to re-evaluate their staffing situation and plan for the future. The most recent Robert Half CFO Confidence Index, a survey of 180 UK chief finance officers, found that nearly two thirds (63%) of finance directors indicated that they would continue to use the same number of temporary workers, with 17% looking to increase this number. Cost effectiveness (24%) and cover for a key open position (22%) were cited as the biggest benefits of using the temporary workforce. For many finance chiefs, temporary employees also come with skills that are not currently available in their team and are an effective way of managing increasing workloads.