Yes! The number of temp jobs is on the rise in Canada. Since the Great Recession of 2008, the number of temp workers has risen by more than 50%.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, temp workers have been on the frontlines and put the health of themselves and their families at risk. Here are the three most important ways COVID has changed the temp work hiring and employment process.
1. The service industry is employing even more temporary workers
According to RBC economics half of all temporary and contract work are in these fields:
- Food services
Although the goods sector is suffering, the demand for service industry work is on the rise.
This creates opportunities for job seekers, but no paid time off. This puts temporary workers in an extremely difficult position, because they must choose between supporting their families, and following public health guidelines.
Temporary hiring: expectations vs reality
Organizations sometimes replace full-time workers with contingent workers in an effort to save money. Organizations that do this, though, often do not end up saving money.
At Spot, we learned that the average cost of replacing a full-time worker is $15,000-$20,000 and takes an average of 23 days. By using our platform, you can trim an average of $11,000 from this figure and reduce the time required to hire someone to a day.
2. Income inequality bubbled to the surface
In 2020, CIBC’s chief economist reported that the lower the pay grade, the worse the job performance. Temp workers, part-timers, and some self-employed workers were worse off in terms of opportunity and income than full-time workers.
To find work, Canada’s temporary workers have had to put their health at risk for temp work. At the start of the pandemic, the inequitable treatment of temporary workers had massive consequences.
According to a Global News report, Ontario investigated 17 temporary recruitment agencies. In the early days of the pandemic, these agencies were implicated in COVID-19 outbreaks on Ontario’s farms. At these farms, workers had minimal protection against COVID. Their lack of protection infected 954 people across Canada and killed three people.
Those who have hired for temp work positions through staffing agencies have expressed similar concerns when hiring temp workers
Before recruiting through Spot, Stalco, a Canadian distribution company, got a lot of inquiries from staffing agencies. Stalco soon learned that these agencies are predatory and outdated. So, they wanted an alternative and were willing to hire temp workers through other platforms.
Finding Spot was the perfect solution. Our onboarding process is rapid, and our platform is easy to use. Since worker safety is important to us, we incentivise equitable hiring and delegation.
3. Precarious temp work conditions inspired people to organise
During COVID, popular media blamed Brampton residents for rising case counts. Many viewers from outside of Brampton didn’t realise that it’s a lot more complicated than that:
Because their jobs are precarious, they’re a lot more susceptible to COVID-19. They’re the frontline workers who:
- Work in warehouses and factories
- Drive trucks
- And work in the food processing industry.
Humans of Brampton is an awareness campaign focusing on Brampton’s frontline workers explores the work conditions of Brampton’s residents. Because of its popularity, people are more aware of what these working conditions are like.
But what makes initiatives like Humans of Brampton so important?
With a high unemployment rate, low wages and worker exploitation are on the rise. A lot of workers are phoning organisations specialising in worker’s rights.
Precarious work is a crucial contribution to so many different business models. Despite recent legislation and progress, exploitation of precarious workers still happens. We’ve made progress on the protecting precarious workers front, but not enough yet. A great example of this is Foodora. Foodora left Canada when Ontario’s labour board approved worker requests to unionise.
Spot provides a fair alternative to temp work hiring
Spot users have the flexibility of gig work and keep 100% of their earnings.
Our platform rewards hard work. If you work hard, you can be successful on our platform. You can also gradually unlock better opportunities.
Although temp work is here to stay, the opportunities that exist don’t have to be exploitive. Spot offers an alternative that benefits both job seekers and employers.