The New York Times Job Market survey found that 68% of employers in the New York region say hiring a highly skilled temp is more important than the costs involved. Just over half of the hiring managers say they need technical professionals, while 49% are looking for skills in other fields from the temp workforce.
There shouldn’t be any shortage of such skilled professionals willing to be a temp with layoffs continuing throughout corporate America and the job market still largely moribund.
According to the Times survey, the managers say that benefits of bringing on skilled temps include:
- providing instant staff, 47%
- providing staffing flexibility, 43%
- allowing access to skills otherwise unavailable, 25%
- increasing company productivity, 25%
- providing a high degree of value,16%
Managers: Temps Work Hard Too
Employers say the work quality of temporary staff is just as good as permanent employees (67%) and believe that temporary hires properly understand their assignments (80%) and are well suited for their positions (79%).
While companies mostly recruit temporary employees for special projects (43%), they also need them as interim substitutes for permanent employees (30%), during peak work periods (22%), and for positions that do not warrant a permanent hire (6%), the survey found.
To identify candidates for temporary work assignments, hiring managers use:
- staffing agencies, 40%
- referrals from current employees, 30%
- independent contractors, 27%.