20 January 2014 | Richard Newman
The labour market is going through a fundamental shift as the UK economy begins to pick up. Many businesses are adapting their workforce in order to keep up with the demand for flexibility within the workplace.
As budgets remain tight, organisations are seeing the attraction of moving to a more contingent workforce. As a result, temporary job placements in the UK are rising 7 per cent year-on-year.
The myths surrounding temporary labour are slowly fading. Gone are the days when temporary workers merely stacked shelves and worked in warehouses. In reality, a significant increase has been seen in the number of white collar temporary roles available, including many at board level, as both employers and workers are choosing the flexibility that comes with temporary working.
For the employer, having the ability to scale the workforce up or down according to business requirements brings huge benefits. Temporary workers can help businesses plug short-term staffing gaps, like those caused by seasonal work or by special projects, without the need to commit to offering permanent positions.
To stay ahead of the curve, businesses need to think of the sourcing of non-permanent staff as part of the supply chain process, being cost-effective and robust in their approach. To buy effectively, a business must first audit what its needs are and from there measure where the temporary positions need to be. To recruit temporary workers around the businesses needs, it’s important to get the process right.
Without a streamlined process in place, the risk to the business is that it ends up working with hundreds of suppliers across the UK, perhaps even internationally, to fulfil its staffing needs. This takes time and hours of administration to control, which could be better used elsewhere in the business.
As always with procurement it pays to do your homework, so implementing a process and technology that will simplify your supply chain is only beneficial. It will allow you to have total visibility and control into the procurement of your labour staff, without all of the administration that comes with it.
☛ Richard Newman is sales and marketing director at de Poel