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Flexible staffing approaches on the rise

02 August 2004

Flexible staffing approaches on the rise

65% of employers have noticed a need to adopt a more flexible staffing approach over the last 12 months, according to a survey of over 1,700 clients by Hays, the leading specialist recruitment group.

Of these employers, the most common flexible approaches used were employment of part-time staff (offered by 42%), employment of casual staff on their own payroll (offered by 48%), temporary or contract staff employed through an employment agency (offered by 45%) and job sharing (offered by 20%).

“While a large part of the workforce maintain the traditional concept of a full-time job, there is a notable number of potential employees with a preference or need for employment with flexible options,” said Jason Walker, General Manager of Hays. “These flexible staffing approaches allow employees to balance work and personal commitments, such as combining work with parenting duties, study or part-time retirement.

“For those jobs that suit flexible approaches, this option increases the number of potential candidates who can apply for the job, making business more efficient in the long-run as the best possible candidate from the widest talent pool is ultimately employed.

“As the candidate market tightens, this employment flexibility becomes especially important as a valuable attraction strategy. In Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, we’ve noticed a steady growth of flexible approaches over the last five years, and we expect this to continue, particularly as the candidate market tightens.”

Hays, International Leaders in Specialist Recruitment Services, are Australia and New Zealands largest specialist recruitment and HR services company. Across Australasia Hays is one of the region’s largest corporate recruitment advertisers and our website has the highest number of unique visitors of any recruitment company website. Hays NZ offices include Auckland, Wellington and Christchurh and is part of a 110 branch network over 27 locations in Australasia, meaning we are best placed to meet your specific recruitment needs.

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