Temporary staffing trends & more!

Two news reports have caught our attention this week. The first shares the latest temporary staffing trends, while the second explores the link between employee stress and workplace inefficiencies…

1) Temporary staff plug the skills gap

Source: Recruiting Times

We’ve often shared news regarding the UK skills shortage due to the dramatic effect it has had on recruitment for some time (if you’re new to the Appoint site and/or you’re yet to hear about this topic, we highly recommend reading this post. Not only does it briefly explain what the skills shortage is, it shares strategies to overcome the challenges posed. Both for employers and employees).

Well, according to a survey conducted by the Resolution Foundation, almost half of employers (46%) are now using temporary staff to fill their company skills gaps.

Those companies that are most reliant upon temps (whose workforces comprise a quarter or more temporary staff) are most likely to be doing so as part of a dedicated ‘strategic approach’. This is also the case for businesses that have increased their use of temps over the past few years.

What do these temporary staffing trends tell us?

The more that businesses work with temps the more benefits they see to their place within the modern workforce. Only 19% of companies now use temps as a ‘last resort’ and few hire temporary staff as a ‘cheaper alternative’ to their permanent counterparts.

There will always be times when temps are used as emergency staff members. For example to fill unexpected absences or to lend a hand when projects go wayward! Yet it’s promising to see that an increasing number of HR leaders value temps’ specific skills. The decision to use recruitment agencies to fulfil needs ranging from staff training to payroll further supports this.

Temps contribute an awful lot to our local business landscape, so we can’t help but welcome this news!

2) Workplace inefficiencies could cause employees to leave

Source: HR Review

Businesses looking to boost their staff retention rates should review their workplace efficiency levels! After all, a third of workers (33%) have started job searching as a result of business inefficiencies.

This issue has proven to affect workers in the UK, France and Germany. Employees report feeling more stressed, less engaged, less productive and generally more unhappy as a result.

The stats suggest:

  • 59% of workers have experienced an increased workload since 2016
  • 69% are feeling more stressed as a result
  • 66% are expected to work faster than previously
  • 45% are experiencing ‘lengthy approval cycles’
  • 50% of employees feel undervalued

You can find more facts and stats in the original post.

Staff retention is perhaps a surprisingly important topic in recruitment. We’ve recently explained this in more depth (and included 4 resources to help boost Bath’s staff retention rates).

Such news reports clearly offer an excellent reminder to review internal practices. Is your company working as efficiently as it could? And could staff be invited to lend fresh eyes and thoughts regarding areas of possible improvement? TIP: this could actually have dual retention benefits!