Australian bosses say casual work is a clear path to a permanent job

  • Most (92%) Australian hiring managers would take on someone for a permanent job who has been working in a continuous temporary/contract role.
  • 88% would extend a permanent contract to a skilled employee who was initially hired on a temporary basis.
  • 78% believe contract workers enjoy flexibility while still maintaining a healthy degree of job security.

Having a casual job is a clear path to a permanent role, according to analysis by recruiter Robert Half.

The research shows the majority of Australian employers are giving permanent jobs to those already in temporary/contract roles.

According to the survey of 460 Australian hiring managers, more than nine in 10 (92%) say they would hire an employee for a permanent position who has been performing continuous temporary/contract work.

Most (88%) would extend a permanent contract to a skilled employee who was initially hired on a temporary basis.

“We see many employers are receptive towards hiring temporary staff as they realise the benefits offered by having a mix of both contract and permanent staff,” say Andrew Morris, Director of Robert Half Australia.

“This positive turnaround is also having a direct impact on the career paths of temporary professionals, as top performers are in turn being offered permanent positions by their employer if and when there’s an available opportunity.”

Morris says the benefits of temporary work are gaining in popularity.

“We’re seeing more and more professionals opting for this type of work, allowing them to experience diverse careers, accumulate a rich skillset and garner exposure to multiple industries and workplaces,” he says.

Most (78%) employers say contract workers enjoy flexibility while still maintaining a degree of job security, removing the stigma that some professionals have about the perceived instability of this type of work.

Avoiding prolonged recruitment processes is also a bonus, with three-quarters (75%) of hiring managers agreeing that filling temporary positions quickly is essential when hiring contract workers.

Australian employers are also realising the rewards of flexible staffing arrangements.

Three-quarters (76%) say having a mix of both temporary and permanent employees is crucial to the success of their department/company.

“The benefits of a flexible staffing approach are being felt by employers, particularly in a candidate-short market, as it allows them access to a much larger pool of skilled talent,” says Morris.

“By adopting a mix of both permanent and contract workers, Australian companies can become more competitive as they’re able to fill essential skills gaps quickly, whilst maintaining business continuity and starting new projects, without the additional cost burden of expanding headcount.”

The annual study, developed by Robert Half, was conducted in December 2017 by an independent research firm, surveying 460 hiring managers from companies across Australia.

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