More than one in 10 (12%) workers in Yorkshire and the Humber consider temporary work as their main role, choosing it for improved work-life balance, greater variety of work and to see more of their families, according to research released today (Tuesday 3 December 2019).
The research, carried out by the recruitment experts Reed Specialist Recruitment for its Temporary isn’t temporary campaign, surveyed 5,000 workers and looked at their experience of, and attitude to, temporary and multiple career roles.
When asked about the positive benefits of temporary or short-term working contracts, more than a third (38%) of people living in Yorkshire and the Humber cited work-life balance as the key reason why they have followed this career structure.
Access to a variety of work was mentioned as the next favoured reason at 34%, with almost a quarter (23%) saying a flexible and varied approach to gaining work experience would help boost their CV. A fifth (19%) cited that seeing their family was a major benefit of temporary working.
However, the research also identified the reasons that workers are being deterred from temporary working with half (50%) of workers surveyed saying they prefer the security of a permanent role. The benefits of a permanent role, such a pensions and sick pay, was highlighted by 45% who identified that these aspects were important in their preference for longer term roles.
Despite these reasons of income and financial security being of great concern, two thirds (66%) indicated that they were not worried about the disadvantages of non-permanent work when applying for mortgages or loans. And more than three quarters (77%) said that they were not concerned about having to work whenever possible.
Across the UK, temporary contracts also seem to be most used by the new generation of workers and those at the beginning of their careers with 17% of 25-34 year olds considering temporary employment to be their main role.
Whilst a significant number of this age group work permanently, there is also greater than a fifth (21%) of 25-34 year olds holding more than one temporary role and 11% holding more than four temporary roles at one time.
Mike Harrison, regional managing director of Reed Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Having surveyed workers across Yorkshire and the Humber we know they want the flexibility of temporary work but are held back by financial concerns. However, there is also confidence from 77% of workers that they will not have to work whenever possible, showing that they know the jobs market is strong and the power is with the candidate.
“Our research also reveals the barriers to temporary working for employees and it is clear that pensions and sick pay are important – fortunately, Reed Specialist Recruitment already has this covered with its own pension scheme for PAYE temporary workers. Therefore, there’s little preventing workers from taking those flexible jobs they are looking for.
“At Reed Specialist Recruitment we have seen the benefits this can bring to businesses that may not be able to employ talented workers in permanent roles, but can benefit from their knowledge and skillset through short-term contracts.”