According to Statistics Canada, the number of temporary workers in Canada increased by 50 percent in the last 20 years, compared to a 33% increase in permanent employees. This trend is showing no signs of slowing as businesses and workers both seek flexibility with regards to finding work and staff. Temporary work serves a useful purpose in the following scenarios.
- Students looking for work and income while attending school.
- Seniors nearing or in retirement looking for reduced work hours while remaining active in the workplace.
- People with constrained work hours such as parents of young children or caretakers of family members.
- Those with stable jobs but are looking to supplement their income with side hustles.
- People who are investigating a new industry during career changes.
On the other hand, there are also a multitude of reasons why a business should consider hiring temporary workers.
1. Limited Resources
Small businesses or start-ups that do not have resources to hire and retain full-time staff.
2. Seasonal Demands
Seasonal Businesses or a sudden spike in demand where the staff is needed only for a short period of time. For example, after a promotional event, there is a sudden spike in inbound calls
3. Immediate Need
To cover for immediate needs such as sick leave, maternity leave, vacations, and other short-term staffing gaps.
4. No dedicated HR
Small & Medium Enterprises including Start-ups that do not necessarily have a dedicated HR department can trial new staff on a temporary basis to test for skill and fit, as well as to see if a full-time position is necessary or if the gap can be filled by part-time or temporary staff.
Workholler’s technology platform allows businesses to connect with qualified, available, and pre-vetted local talent, who can be invited to apply for open positions. Since candidates have already passed Workholler’s 6-step validation process, the hiring process for employers is drastically shortened, and staffing gaps significantly reduced.