As temporary workers and staffing companies across the country celebrate Staffing for Canada Week, Randstad Canada, the country’s leader for staffing, recruitment and HR Services, would like to recognize the many Canadians pursuing employment opportunities through staffing and recruiting firms and discusses the trend towards temp work.
According to Jan Hein Bax, President, Randstad Canada, Staffing for Canada Week gives companies like Randstad Canada the opportunity to celebrate the value the staffing industry has within Canada’s economy and its communities. “It’s so important to take the time to congratulate the jobseekers who have found new employment during the past year through staffing firms, and to recognize the temporary and contract workers who represent the industry every day,” he says.
Bax says the recruitment industry has seen Canadian businesses adapt in the face of changing work patterns and economic realities. “At Randstad Canada, we have seen a significant growth in the number of contract and temp workers contributing to the skilled labour force in all industry sectors. Our internal demand for contract workers in Q1 of this year is up roughly 24% compared to Q1 just one year ago.”
It is clear that old-fashioned business models are giving way to new ways of thinking says Bax. “Temp work is no longer limited to administrative assistants or warehouse workers. Experienced and skilled candidates from all levels and positions are also choosing to work as temporary employees,” he says. “At Randstad Canada we have seen contract demand in Engineering for example, increase by 33% in Q1 of this year, when compared to Q1 2011. Year to date, Electrical Engineers, Mechanical Engineers and Electrical Designers are the most in-demand contract roles within our Engineering Division,” adds Bax.
Temp work may not offer the same benefits and long-term security that are generally associated with permanent jobs, but they do provide a way to stay current, and may lead to a permanent job offer. “When you have specialized skills that are in demand, it can be to your advantage to work on a temporary or contract basis. It allows you to take on the projects you like, rather than the structure of a traditional corporate job,” says Bax.
Whether you are looking for temporary, contract or permanent work, there are many benefits to finding employment through a staffing firm, says Bax. “From gaining valuable exposure in the workforce, to discovering new fields of interest, to getting a break in a desirable career or industry. There is such value and reward in what we accomplish every day in the recruitment industry, that is certainly worth celebrating,” says Bax. “There’s a role for everyone, and the staffing industry exists to help people find it.”
Staffing for Canada Week is a Canadian initiative that originated in 1980 in Edmonton as National Temporaries Week. Staffing for Canada Week is organized by the Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services (ACSESS) and is supported by local dignitaries and Canada's Political leaders including Prime Minister Stephen Harper. www.acsess.org/EVENTS/StaffingWeek.asp
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