Business Takes Advantage Of The Flexible-Workforce!
Using Freelance / Contract specialist personnel is providing business with exceptional level of flexibility. Businesses are taking advantage of and implementing a flexible workforce as a means of tapping into high calibre skill sets without incurring the high ongoing salary cost.
As reported by Hays Australia, the flexible workforce employment strategy still remains underutilised despite the number of organisations employing temporary/contract staff on a regular ongoing basis rising to 20 percent in the 2010, up from 16 percent in 2009.
Their salary guide, which surveyed 1,800 employers, shows 47 percent use temporary/contract staff for special projects/workloads. This is consistent with, 33 percent say they would use temporary/contract staff in only exceptional circumstances.
Hays Queensland Director Darren Buchanan says a flexible workforce is more than just a way to avoid permanent headcount or cut costs.
"A flexible workforce is also about a long-term workforce management strategy, in which such factors as not just project work, but also peak demands, annual leave and system updates are considered," Buchanan says.
"The key lies in finding the right balance between permanent staff and temporary employees. Given emerging skills shortages, it´s about the ability to access specific skills and broadening the organisation´s pool of talent..." he says.
According to Buchanan, temporary and contract workers can fulfil both short and medium-term needs, with assignments ranging from just a few days or weeks up to many months and, in some cases, even years.
"Flexibility is the key, with the ability to redistribute, increase or decrease headcount as the needs of the business change." he says.
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This article was published in the Australia Freelance Market-News 63.