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Staffing more flexible

The boom in flexible staffing is currently growing at 20 per cent, according to a recent survey by recruitment company Drake.

The survey reveals contractors and casual workers now account for as many as 17 per cent of Australia’s workforce, an increase of 5.4 per cent over the past five years.

Greatest growth has been in the area of casual and temporary work which has increased from 9 per cent to 13 per cent of the total labour market.

The contract workforce has also gained ground and now accounts for 4 per cent of all workers.

A Drake spokesman said this had been intensified by the move to project-based work as well as ongoing restructuring – “a trend that is unlikely to change as organisations work hard to remain recession-proof”.

“Organisations are now catering for peaks in their business cycle by opting for temporary and contract workers,” the spokesman said.

“According to the businesses Drake deals with, organisations intend accelerating this process, rather than reversing it.

“This means it is crucial to begin managing careers more effectively to guarantee future employment,” he said.

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