Uncertainty in the business environment has become an omnipresent factor during the pandemic. Companies are facing lowered revenues, capital shortages and loss of business. This has resulted in leaders looking for solutions to meet the demands while still remaining low-cost and flexible.
The onset of these times led to widespread job losses of permanent employees as there was less work at hand and thus lowered demand for full time employees. However, uncertain times led to uncertain situations. Overtime, new problems have come up that require more employees than usual to manage and cope up with the day-to-day operations. Companies now require a flexible workforce with lowered costs. This has resulted in an increased popularity for temporary staffing solutions.
Temporary staffing is hiring employees for a specific period of time rather than onboarding them permanently. This allows companies access to specific skill sets in a flexible and cost-efficient manner. This workforce solution is especially great for uncertain times as normalcy could result in lowered problem situations and thus fewer requirements for human capital. Industries like Retail, Cleaning, Light Industrial and Distribution are heavily dependent on temp staff.
From an employee’s perspective, there are substantial benefits for them as well. As there are abundant job losses in this pandemic, such temporary opportunities give them a chance to work and earn. This also enables them to maybe transition into a permanent role once normalcy is restored. A recent study by REC shows that 68% of the people who have done temporary work are now in permanent positions.
However, this solution is nowhere near temporary. As businesses see increased efficiency, lowered costs and high agility in their workforce they are inclined to shifting how they hire post normalcy as well. Leaders recognize the benefits of hiring temporary staff to meet the demands of an uncertain future and labour shortages.