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Temporary work set to increase by a quarter, finds research

New research by Coople suggests a surge in temporary work as more UK firms reconsider agency workers.

Digital staffing platform Coople revealed that 27% of firms in the UK were considering hiring more agency workers within their business.

Coople reported, companies will have to rely on agency workers in the coming months, as almost 50% of management heads and HR leaders who hire currently lack an understanding of the rights and benefits to which flexible workers are entitled.

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Kit Glover, UK MD at Coople, said: “With so many priorities competing for the attention of CEOs and HR teams at such a demanding time, it’s natural that less is known of more irregular members of the workforce.

“With the surge in casual workers that’s expected; it is important firms recognise the value their flexible workforce brings in terms of added flexibility and financial results.”

The biggest gaps in employers’ knowledge are around pay and holiday with 35% of employers believing agency workers aren’t eligible for holiday pay, Coople’s research found. Slightly fewer (30%) believed casual workers were not eligible for the minimum wage.

Glover added: “Employment by a staffing platform not only ensures that they receive minimum wage and are entitled to a number of employee benefits. It also means that they have access to a wide range of job opportunities.

Business leaders can benefit from the flexibility and business opportunity their flexible workers bring, while knowing that the solution is equally beneficial for the workers.”

 

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