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Michael Page, Adecco and CareerBuilder find huge uptick in Colombian temp positions

By Silvia Castro Betancourt 0 Comments NEWS, Regional News

This article was written and published in Spanish and has been translated into English. Click here to read the original article.

In Colombia, temporary positions are already becoming the new norm. This has been concluded by general manager of Michael Page for Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, Patrick Hollard, for whom the changing work environment in Latin America and in Colombia, in certain economic sectors such as mass consumption, retail, tourism and infrastructure, have generated a growing demand for qualified talent in mid to senior management positions.

According to Michael Page's figures, the tendency of this modality has been evident for eight years. The consultancy expects to close, for this year, between 60 and 100 positions of medium and high management under this type of contract.

According to the annual employment forecast of the global recruiter CareerBuilder, the demand for temporary labor will remain strong as employers struggle for greater flexibility in their staffing needs. More than half of the employers that the firm has consulted (51%) have disclosed their plans to hire temporary workers. Between 2016 and 2107 there was an increase of 47% in this type of contracting. The consultant noted that 63% of employers intend to link some temporary workers.

This figure tends to be used for cases of replacements such as maternity leave; however, companies increasingly resort to temporary hiring when they structure their equipment, which allows them to remain flexible and agile in terms of staffing needs.

On other occasions, temporary hiring serves as a vehicle to prove the candidates in the positions with a view to a permanent link.

"With the increase in temporary positions, Colombia is approaching a business vision with a tendency to focus on the productive operations of companies and to resemble existing business models in the United States and Europe," said Hollard.

The recruiter Adecco pointed out that temporary jobs are growing and it is estimated that in middle and high management positions, 2% of hirings are made through this modality. However, the manager of Selection of Adecco, Daniel Parra, warned that when this type of contract is generated the selection processes become more complex because this type of profiles usually does not find these contracts attractive.

"We can say that this pattern has increased with the arrival of companies which do not have any legal representation or companies that have their headquarters outside the country. Generally, when they are established, they have an average time of 3 to 6 months while they have legal records, company name among others; so they use temporary companies," said the representative of Adecco.

Despite not being very popular for the most qualified profiles, temporary positions can be a great opportunity for candidates who do not have a fixed job, as they can receive a salary and continue their work experience while they get a stable position.

On the one hand, the employee obtains an employment contract and the payment of the corresponding labor contributions and obligations, and in the case of the employer, the employer can start working with a person equally capable than the one with a medical license, or some other factor that does not allow him to do his work, without affecting his productive area.

In terms of remuneration, Michael Page spokesman stressed that the same salary ranges are maintained compared to professionals in permanent positions; it may be even the case that the salary may be higher in the case of temporary projects.

This article was written and published in Spanish and has been translated into English. Click here to read the original article.

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