Professional flexible workforce is now ‘the new normal’, says new report
Contracting is now seen as being a ‘normal’ way of working, says recent data taken from APSCo’s 2013 Yearbook.
The Association of Professional Staffing Companies’ (APSCo) report, features themed articles discussing the value of flexible workers on the UK economy, as well as the overall benefits of hiring contractors from the employer’s point of view.
According to the 2013 Yearbook, contractors and other flexible workers are now deemed as being an extremely valuable asset, rather than simply being there to cover permanent staff on maternity leave etc.
Ann Swain, Chief Executive of APSCo, explained, “Historically, many organisations may have thought of temporary and contract workers as people who were used to hold the fort during an absence.
“The reality is that the professional flexible workforce is now ‘the new normal’, which can provide employers with a candidate who has had exposure to a wide range of management styles and business practices.”
This report is very much supported by earlier findings taken from the March 2013 Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) ‘Flexible Working: Goodbye nine to five’ report, which revealed that of the 1,000+ managers surveyed, 73% said that their organisation was supportive of flexible working.
Interestingly, the ILM survey also found that two thirds of respondents said that flexible working increased commitment to the business and 78% said that it helped to retain staff.
Looks like it’s a great time to be a contractor!
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