Concerns over international contracting might be unfounded
Changes to EU legislation which could have a significant impact on temporary workers have been concerning commentators with their potential to restrict the types of contract that employers could enter into with non-permanent staff. Given the importance of the flexible workforce to the economies of a number of different sectors operating throughout the EU including the UK, fears that this could have a negative impact on the viability of international contracts abounded.
The labour reforms were designed to encourage businesses to offer more permanent contracts and to limit the potential to abuse short term contracts by renewing them over and over again, insisting on exclusivity and entering into potentially exploitative arrangements with employees on zero hours contracts.
While the reforms have been made with good intentions, any changes which affect such large swathes of the population will always have a knock-on effect and potential unintended consequences. Short-term workers will always have their place in the workforce, especially those who are highly skilled and with specific experience which is sought-after in a particular field. In order for them to provide the sort of service which is in demand in a number of sectors, it is necessary for any organisation to have the ability to hire according to their needs and be able to offer conditions which will suit those who are right for the job.
As the largest economy in the world, the European Union is one of the most buoyant workforces around, and contractors will be glad to hear that the changes in legislation appear to have made little difference to the number of positions available, with temporary vacancies on the increase in 13 of the 19 countries in the Eurozone. The legislation introduced in France, Spain and Portugal that was of specific concern to international contractors appears to have had the desired effect of protecting vulnerable workers without impinging on the opportunities for international contractors.
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