But the predictions don’t only apply to Australia, with the research, commissioned by recruitment firm Robert Half, revealing that a further survey of more than 3800 businesses around the world found global employers were aiming for almost a third (66:34 split) of their employees to be temporary workers in four years’ time.
According to Robert Half, the rise of Web-based platforms, such as Freelancer and Airtasker, in sourcing temporary resources in the professional gig economy has made it easier to find the talent that businesses need, with 94% of global business leaders (and 90% of Australian businesses) sourcing contract workers from online job platforms.
But, many of those polled cited several perceived problems with the new online platforms. The most common concerns include no guarantee of the standard of work (41%), a lack of alignment/understanding of the company (38%), concern on their eligibility to work (37%), unclear expectations of the service (28%) and the perception that contract workers are only freelancing because of their inability to find a permanent job (28%).
“During times of economic uncertainty, organisational change or during peak workloads, hiring temporary workers is an effective short-term solution to filling critical skills gaps,” says Andrew Morris, director of Robert Half Australia.
“As the world of work continues to evolve and skilled professionals seek out greater flexibility in their roles and careers, businesses can this to their advantage and build up their contingency workforce to fill essential skills gaps.
“Hiring managers still need to be cautious when sourcing talent from online platforms as not every online recruitment platform is the same, and it pays to research any recruitment partner very carefully.
“The hiring process should not only evaluate a candidate’s skill and experience level, but also whether or not they will make a good cultural fit – something that can be achieved through a rigorous sourcing and hiring process where human expertise continues to play a vital role.”