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Title: Rise In Demand For Interim Staff
Post by: forum admin on July 23, 2009, 12:29:56 PM
Fuse Learning has seen a sharp increase in clients' requirements for temporary and interim workers over the last few months as the recession has been taking its toll on workforces across almost every sector.

Client Services Director Michael Packman said: 'We launched FuseConnect, our specialist staff division, last autumn at a time when the economic outlook already looked grim. We did so in response to demand from clients who were looking for a more professional alternative to traditional recruitment agencies with their high-pressure, sales-led approach.

'Since then the division has exceeded our expectations, with success in temporary and permanent staff provision for both the public and private sectors.

'It is often suggested that the public sector is immune from the recession. While that may be true to some extent, due to the statutory nature of some of its functions, there have been job cuts in a number of fields and we are also seeing recruitment freezes. In some cases, however, the recruitment freeze has led to a requirement for the placement of temporary or interim staff.

'While it is true that the private sector in general is struggling, we have found that business critical posts, where there is a strong return on investment case, are still being filled. For example, one of our clients was recently looking for a senior international project manager with wide-ranging skills and experience to take on a permanent position in a support and trouble-shooting role for key overseas clients. Our approach was and is so customer focussed that 100 percent of our candidates went to interview. The client remains ecstatic with their final choice and can demonstrate a clear link between the work that this person is undertaking in their organisational bottom line.'


Title: Re: Rise In Demand For Interim Staff
Post by: Jonathan on July 24, 2009, 09:51:27 PM
This i understand is good for the recruitment business but i don't think it's good for the workers. If you are temp then you can be gotton rid of easier. Or is that the plan?


Title: Re: Rise In Demand For Interim Staff
Post by: Gota on July 25, 2009, 12:52:59 PM
I think that's the plan. Sadly.

Back to another discussion happening here, the profit does come first. I remember when there were virtually no employment agencies, it wasn't too long ago either.


Title: Re: Rise In Demand For Interim Staff
Post by: Bob on July 28, 2009, 05:22:02 PM
I think it's just a sign of the times that there are so many recruitment agencies. If employers had full time jobs I can't see why they'd go to the trouble of paying a job agency to get a temp.


Title: Re: Rise In Demand For Interim Staff
Post by: Jonathan on July 29, 2009, 02:32:39 PM
Because they can get rid of a temp whenever they want and don't have to give them the same rights full time employees get.


Title: Re: Rise In Demand For Interim Staff
Post by: Robin Tetley on July 30, 2009, 03:54:30 PM
When I worked for the Valuation Office helping to set up the council tax banding system in 1991 to 1993 I was on a temporary three month contract. I was there in the end just under two years and obviously the contract was renewed every three months. I've often wondered if that was a union thing? They could've used temps from a recruitment agency surely but because I was full time (even though on a temporary contract) I got the same holiday pay, sick pay etc etc as everybody else there.


Title: Re: Rise In Demand For Interim Staff
Post by: Bob on August 12, 2009, 03:02:28 PM
That would surely be a recruitment agency now wouldn't it?


Title: Re: Rise In Demand For Interim Staff
Post by: Gota on August 14, 2009, 02:07:08 PM
It possibly depends on the unions in place if they've agreed that temporary workers will get the same rights as full time staff then it may be the same.


Title: Re: Rise In Demand For Interim Staff
Post by: Malcolm on August 18, 2009, 05:48:14 PM
I think all temporary workers should get the same benefits as full times employees.


Title: Re: Rise In Demand For Interim Staff
Post by: Bob on August 19, 2009, 05:17:06 PM
But if that was the case what would be the advantage? I mean the difference between the two?


Title: Re: Rise In Demand For Interim Staff
Post by: Jonathan on August 21, 2009, 02:53:09 PM
Interesting. I think they should get the same rights but obviously not a full time contract. That would be the difference between temporary and permanent staff. The actual contract.


Title: Re: Rise In Demand For Interim Staff
Post by: Bob on August 28, 2009, 06:01:58 PM
They have full time contracts that come up here from time to time but it's the same pay as the temps. Just better holiday allowance.


Title: Re: Rise In Demand For Interim Staff
Post by: Robin Tetley on August 29, 2009, 01:42:09 PM
I guess that's why companies use temps in the first place. Partly anyway. To get out of giving them full benefits.


Title: Re: Rise In Demand For Interim Staff
Post by: Malcolm on September 01, 2009, 12:43:38 PM
Does anybody know the latest news on the agency workers directive that was being discussed in Parliament a few months ago? This would have given agency workers exactly the same rights as permanent workers after an agreed period of time. I think it was 12 weeks. My problem with that was that certain employers (like when the YTS scheme existed) might get rid of an agency worker at 11 weeks and get a new one in to save giving them the rights that they deserve. Does anybody know about this law or have any opinions on this matter?


Title: Re: Rise In Demand For Interim Staff
Post by: Gota on September 05, 2009, 03:01:15 PM
http://www.berr.gov.uk/whatwedo/employment/employment-agencies/consultation-2002/page30034.html


Title: Re: Rise In Demand For Interim Staff
Post by: Jonathan on September 18, 2009, 02:41:33 PM
I heard a few days ago that this has now been put off by Brown and Labour.


Title: Re: Rise In Demand For Interim Staff
Post by: Gota on September 19, 2009, 12:04:30 PM
I read it's simply been delayed but will still happen. Many in the recruitment industry weren't happy as they felt it would be to expensive for them.


Title: Re: Rise In Demand For Interim Staff
Post by: Robin Tetley on September 22, 2009, 01:57:38 PM
Yes apparently it will be put through in the next few months. I don't know if that will be before or after the general election and/or if this is Brown simply throwing a bone to the unions in a kind of (please vote for us) way.
Either or neither way I hope it is passed.


Title: Re: Rise In Demand For Interim Staff
Post by: Malcolm on September 23, 2009, 03:55:09 PM
This in the longterm will be very good news for agency workers. It may hurt some agencies a little in the shorterm but after they've adjusted I think it will be fine.


Title: Re: Rise In Demand For Interim Staff
Post by: Bob on September 24, 2009, 05:18:21 PM
What exactly will this do?