Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Consider a Move into Temporary Work

Temporary and contract work is one of the fastest-growing areas of recruitment, and this is only set to rise – the reason being that more and more candidates are considering temporary employment for a multitude of reasons. 

From a temporary Business Analyst needed to help complete a big project to a legal secretary covering maternity leave, the Australian temporary job market is thriving. 

A recent Hayes salary guide revealed that nearly a quarter (23%) of Australian businesses regularly employ temporary or contract staff, and 44% reported to use them for special projects or workloads. Casual workers now account for 22% of all employees, up from 20% four years ago. 

There has been a general shift across the world from the regular 9-5 into more flexible ways of working; this has been bolstered by our 24/7 lifestyles and ‘gig-economy’ work such as freelancing and contracting. 

First, I want to share with you some of the reasons behind the shift from traditional, towards a less stringent way of working and then I will talk about some of the benefits employees can reap from utilising temporary contracts.  


Changing Perceptions  



During my time as a recruiter, I have seen a drastic change in the way temporary and contract work is perceived.  

In the last five years, I have seen an astonishing increase in the number of candidates who are not only willing to consider temporary work, but they are actively looking for it.  

Whereas once temporary work might have been limited to only certain types of jobs, it now encompasses a vast range of employment; in fact, experts predict that the increase in temporary workers over the coming years will be most significant in IT departments where 37% of employers regularly use temporary employees.  


Flexible Lifestyles 

It was once considered that temporary or contract worker was less stable and therefore less desirable – it was sometimes regarded as a ‘last resort’ for employees who’s real goal was a full-time, permanent contract.  

While the 9-5 Monday-Friday model used to be the goal for many people, employees are now seeking out ways to make their careers more flexible, so that they can manage their career around their family life, and not have to struggle to fit one in around the other.  

It is now considered by many that the most popular type of career is one where you can pick and choose the times of the year or the length of contracts that you work with. This type of flexible working style is not just limited to freelancers; we have seen it across the board, with interim directors and C-suite roles.  


The Real Benefits of Temporary Work 



Let me explain in more detail how you can benefit from temporary work, and why it’s not just limited to junior positions.  

Temporary work is gaining popularity, and it doesn’t matter whether you are a contract IT worker or a Chief Financial Officer looking to take semi-retirement – you can benefit.  


Family Values 

The rise of the dual-career couple has signified one thing – that people who want to start a family are less prepared to sacrifice their career for it. They are finding new ways to be able to have it all – a progressing career and the ability to raise a family.  

Taking temporary work at intervals through the year is an excellent way for a dual-career couple to manage their work vs family life and with careful planning, it can allow both partners to take turns with parenting. 


A Career Change 



As a recruiter, I often come into contact with people who have decided that now is the time in their life that they are going to change the direction of or to choose an entirely new career. This is becoming more common – the average worker will now change jobs 12 times throughout their working life, and while these changes are often a promotion or a different job within the same company, sometimes they are into a new field. 

Temporary and contract work is constructive for employees looking to gain experience in a new field, or to try out something new to see if it works for them. 


Executive and C-Suite 

Temporary and executive are not two words that you might expect to see in the same sentence, but the truth is that temporary executive and C-suite roles have been present in recruitment for years, but they go by a different name – interim.  

Interim directors provide temporary support to organisations, usually through a difficult period or a time of significant change like a merger or a takeover. Their expertise is essential, and they supply the business with critical strategies that the company could not internally manifest. An interim director is typically employed for between three and nine months, and these roles are perfect for more experienced senior employees who are looking to relax their career. 



I hope this article has helped you to understand how the general consensus regarding temporary work has changed in the last few years. A wide range of employees will benefit from considering temporary work, as it can help both your career and your personal life to thrive in the way that you want.   

We have a range of options available to candidates who are considering temporary work, from IT support to executive roles, get in contact with us today to find out how we can help. 



Amrutha Murali 

Employing Temporary Workers – What You Need to Know

The world of work is changing rapidly – nearly a quarter of Australian employers report using temporary or contract staff regularly, with a further 44% utilising them for special projects or workloads. 

The idea of the standard working week is shifting from what it was in the past few decades, as the digital revolution has made remote jobs more accessible, and the need for a different type of workforce has emerged with our 24/7 culture.  

Freelancing has increased across all sectors, and the number of casual workers in Australia has risen from 20.8% around four years ago to 22.6%. 

In the past, temporary work was viewed as something of a ‘stop-gap’ for those between jobs, but this is not the case anymore. Highly skilled professionals such as accountants, graphic designers and marketers are increasingly choosing ‘gig’ work over a regular career option for the benefits of freedom, the ability to travel and to fit around their busy family lives. 

As a recruiter, I have seen first-hand the immense benefits that temporary workers can bring to an organisation – don’t overlook these crucial points when considering temporary employees. 


Fast and Flexible 

The two primary situations when I would suggest considering contract workers is to take care of a temporary staffing issue such as maternity or a sudden staff shortage or to help with the extra workload of a big project.  

One of the main benefits of hiring temporary workers is the speed at which a recruiter will be able to fill your vacancy. Temporary workers are familiar with being placed quickly in roles, as opposed to often weeks and sometimes months that it takes to find a permanent candidate for your position. 


It Isn’t More Hassle 

Sometimes, an employer will be reluctant to go down the temporary route believing that plugging their gap with a temporary employee is more work for their business when in reality, a temporary worker is a perfect solution to their current staffing issue. 

A big part of employers’ reluctance to hire temporary workers is the perceived confusion around temporary contracts. Many employers believe that hiring a temp worker carries the risk of being slower, more complicated and more expensive than waiting it out for the perfect long-term employee; in reality, the opposite is true. 

Aexceptional  recruiter can find temporary skilled employees for your organisation in a way that is faster, less expensive and easier than struggling along waiting for the ‘right’ candidate or worse – permanently hiring an employee who is wrong for your company. This in itself can be a huge problem – the cost of a wrong hire is estimated to be between $7,000-$10,000 and even higher for executive positions.  


A Unique Set of Skills 

The nature of temporary work means that these employees have a unique set of skills that those who have been in the same company (or role) for years do not possess.  

Freelance or contract workers are generally more adaptable, quicker at picking up new skills and can integrate with ease at a much higher level than ‘traditional’ employees.  

Staff shortages can put extra pressure on an already stretched workforce, and this can lead to severe problems such as low staff morale, decreased productivity and even physical and mental health problems. Temporary workers can bring a new outlook to stressed personnel and will boost morale as the workload is shared. Your employees will be grateful that you are pro-active throughout your temporary staffing issues. 


Interim Directors  

There has been an increase in demand for temporary/interim executives as companies struggle in the current skill-short candidate market to find the right people to fill executive positions.  

Interim directors are often referred to as ‘consultants’ as they are called upon to help a business through a tricky situation or a time of significant change, but there is a difference between consultants and true temporary directors. A true temporary director will not only identify the issues in the organisation that need solving, but they will also roll their sleeves up and get to work themselves. 

Temporary directors are invaluable to businesses who need a specialist in their sector with substantial experience who is able to steer the business through a time when strong leadership is needed.  


How a Recruiter Can Help 

Recruitment companies have done historically well in the temporary work sector, as we are skilled at putting the right people in the right jobs, quickly. 

Working with a recruitment company like JobFitts will ensure that not only is your business provided with the right temporary candidates, that we can cover the vast majority of administration and HR responsibilities – freeing up your valuable time. 

To find out how JobFitts can help your organisation to grow with temporary workers, get in contact with us today. 


Amrutha Murali