LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwire) -- 05/24/12 -- Is finding that perfect role taking longer than you would want to? Are you unsure of which industry you want to work in? Perhaps it is time to broaden your horizons, and start applying for temporary positions.
Current research suggests that there has been a rapid increase in the number of short-term jobs available, particularly in the financial, public, and commerce and industry sectors. Despite a competitive job market, there has been a 33% rise in temporary hiring in the first three months of 2012.
It has also been revealed that the North West region experienced a 61% rise in hiring levels, while temporary jobs in London and the Midlands have increased by 36% and 59% respectively.
The rates of pay for temporary workers have been equally impressive. Interim rates are unsurprisingly the highest in London, where professionals have, on average, been able to command an hourly rate of GBP 17. However, rates for the centre and east of England have peaked at GBP 23 per hour.
Aside from the monetary benefits, reed.co.uk, Britain's leading job site, believes that temporary employment can be a great way to improve future job prospects.
If you require some practical experience, for example, working in a short-term role can be extremely beneficial. Not only will it help you to become accustomed to the demands of the job, but it will also look great on your CV. Furthermore, temping can help those who do not know where they would like to take their career, as it can provide an excellent opportunity to sample a new profession.
Finally, it is significantly easier to employ a temporary worker, as temps can be far more cost-effective than permanent staff. This is very appealing for companies that are looking to save money, as they would not be able afford to employ you otherwise.
reed.co.uk recognises that temporary employment can offer a great opportunity for career progression. Not only is it a great way to acquire the necessary skills and experience, but performing well in the immediate-term may lead to a permanent position in the long-term.
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