Contract work saps HR of top permanent staff

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first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Senior HR professionals are turning their back on permanent roles in favourof interim jobs which offer up to 50 per cent pay rises and five-figurebonuses.Recruitment agencies have reported a jump in HR directors and managerssigning up for short-term contract positions. Demand by employers for interimpersonnel staff has also risen.High-tech companies and fast-growing Internet start-ups are leading the chasefor HR experts to handle recruitment and set up a permanent personnel function.”These companies are stuffed full of bright young things but there isnot so much grey-haired HR experience and expertise around,” said SteveFrench of agency HW group.Firms are also chasing locum HR professionals to deal with projects such asmergers, acquisitions and change management.Business acumen and the ability make an immediate impact in the role are theskills most demanded of contract HR staff, recruitment agencies report.Increased flexibility, greater strategic influence and more variety of workare cited by HR contractors as the main reasons for entering the interimmarket.One interim HR director Roy Nicholson said the ability to choose whichsectors and roles to enter led him to take contract posts. A former HR director with wholesaler Booker, Nicholson added that manyemployers using contractors do not have the resources in their in-housepersonnel department to handle major projects.Pay rates are greater for interims because firms bring in the resources onlywhen they need it and can avoid using vastly more expensive managementconsultants, said Sarah Taylor, joint managing director of Interim HR.But she added that higher wages were partly offset by loss of companybenefits such as pensions and healthcare.By John Robinson Comments are closed. Contract work saps HR of top permanent staffOn 1 Feb 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img

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