Temping is a short-term fix for economy, says ILO

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The ILO report warns that those in temporary employment can lose out in training and pay in comparison with workers on year-round contracts. Photo: Paul Keheler

The growing shift towards temporary job contracts has resulted in lower pay and greater insecurity for workers, along with much lower productivity too, the UN said on Monday.

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), the problem has increased in both richer and poorer countries, and it has become widespread across different industries and occupations.

Daniel Johnson has more.

The ILO report shows how new and emerging forms of temporary employment affect workers, employers and society.

Women, young people and migrants are most likely to be in short-term work, the agency says.

Here's Deborah Greenfield, Deputy-Director for Policy at ILO:

"We're seeing an increasing trend around the world in all types of non-standard employment. Though the trend was somewhat mitigated by the recent global recession, it resumed when jobs rebounded."

One emerging trend is the "zero-hours" contract, where workers are guaranteed no minimum number of hours' employment whatsoever.

ILO says that the zero-hour contract has been a traditional feature of poorer, developing economies.

But it's also increasing in richer countries too, like the UK, where nearly three per cent of workers were on zero-hours deals with their employer in 2016.

Globally, the rise of temporary jobs has been attributed to the booming global service economy, technology and the growing world population.

And while some short-term employment can be good for the economy, ILO says that reforms are needed to protect workers' rights to guarantee them decent work in the long-term.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva.

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