Temp workers earning more than peers with permanent position


92% of agency workers in temporary roles earn the same wage as those in permanent positions, a survey has revealed. 

A report by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has found that 36% of the 600 employers asked think that temporary employers earn more than their permanent workers while more than half (52%) say they earn the same.

The proportion of agency staff earning more than permanent staff has increased from 19% in March 2014 to 36% in January 2015.  One of the key reasons for this trend has been attributed to employers wanting ‘short-term access to key strategic skills’.  

REC Chief Executive Kevin Green spoke exclusively to HR Grapevine and said: “Supply cannot keep up with demand in many areas. Skills shortages in whole sectors like engineering, construction and IT and for particular roles like chefs, drivers and nurses are spurring competition for qualified staff. 

“A candidate driven market has implications for the speed at which candidates can be identified and placed and more and more employers will find they need the services of expert recruiters to source and engage hard to reach candidates.”

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Comments (4)

  • sen
    sen@ James
    Thu, 5 Mar 2015 2:38pm GMT
    Did you read the report or just the headline?
    Also, have you not heard of AWR - yes a temp in entitled to pension etc.
    It's defining a temp vs interim vs consultant that the market is very poor at doing.
  • Emily
    Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:45pm GMT
    Surely this is primarily due to AWR legislation???
  • Recruiter 1
    Recruiter 1
    Thu, 26 Feb 2015 4:19pm GMT
    This article is totally misleading, the heading says "temp workers earn more than permanent members" but the opening paragraph says that actually 92% of temps earn the same!!
    Then it goes on to say that most people 'think' they earn more!!

    Sorry but I would have expected more fact from the Recruitment Grapevine rather than trying to sensationalise a very sensitive issue.
  • James
    Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:42pm GMT
    And quite rightly too. A temp worker will often spend several months of the year not working at all, the extra pay whilst working has to cover this. A temp worker will also have no access to benefits such as pension, healthcare, bonus structure etc, which often makes a perm hire more expensive in the long run. And as the article correctly highlights, temp workers carry the extra skills and expertise which a similar person in the same permanent position for a decade simply won't.

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