Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Rise of the Super Temps; Highly-Skilled Contract Workers to Feature in 2017

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Rise of the Super Temps; Highly-Skilled Contract Workers to Feature in 2017

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RECRUITMENT

NATHAN WOULFE

AND that, my friends, is a wrap.

This year has taken many from us whose time probably shouldn't have been up, dropped some into jobs they probably shouldn't be filling, and hopefully for you has been a year of prosperity, good times, and fond memories.

What then for 2017? Focusing on the domain to which I am bound, there's plenty to come on the employment front in 2017.

The recruitment experts at Hays are fond of making predictions in their sphere of expertise, so here's how they see the new year shaping up.

In short, the workforce will blend permanent and non-permanent staff, add "super temps" and turn to work-life integration.

Counter offers will fail, job seekers will have more salary negotiation leverage, there'll be more blind recruitment trials and mouldable candidates will be sought.

Or, in more detail:

Contract workers

2016's rapid rise in the use of temporary and contract assignments will see headcount flexibility become the norm.

In 2017 the use of "super temps", or highly-skilled professionals who work on assignment in an interim executive or senior role, will become more widespread.

The public sector's focus on temporary assignments is well entrenched, but in 2017 employers will extend contracts in skill short areas beyond the usual end of financial year cycle.

Supply and demand

A shortage of highly skilled professionals, also known as knowledge workers, will emerge in Queensland and Western Australia, and intensify in New South Wales, Victoria and ACT.

Over recent years employers had a long list of requirements when recruiting. With knowledge workers in demand, hiring managers will become more flexible and move faster.

The use of counter offers will continue to increase - to little effect - as employers attempt to retain a valued team member. …

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