Can Labour Hire Or Part Time Workers Become Part-time Employees

The benefits of part-time workers to your business are enormous. Let’s take a look at some of these benefits.

Flexibility for full-time employees

Part-time workers allow your full-time workers to enjoy some level of flexibility with their work hours. Why is this important, you ask? Well, if you can help them balance their personal lives and work, they will be much happier. Happy employees are more productive, motivated and less likely to leave your business for another.

Peak time/season cover

In some industries, peak times or seasons are very hectic and labour demanding. Part-time workers provide the extra “hands” needed to cope with the increased demand so as to prevent overworking your regular staff. If your regular staff become overworked during these seasons, they become stressed and less productive which will affect the quality of the product or service and hence customer satisfaction. This, if not stopped in time, could have a detrimental effect on the business.


This is an outcome that can only be achieved with part-time workers. Job-sharing is where two or more part-time workers share the responsibility, pay and benefits of a single full-time job. The proportion of pay and benefits given to each worker is determined by the hours they work. This kind of arrangement is especially ideal for jobs where the worker needs to be highly alert at all times.

Avoiding overtime

Overtime is expensive (compared to paying for regular hours) and the productivity of the employees has possibly dipped as they have been on the job for far too long and fatigue is creeping in. With part-time workers, you get a fresh person to do the job at a fraction of the cost.

Extra expertise

Sometimes your business requires a certain type of skill set that is not often used but important all the same. Hiring a permanent worker would cost too much for a skill that you require maybe once or twice a week. Part-time employees provide the perfect solution; there when you need them to satisfy your business needs.

Once hired employees are the best part-time workers

Now to the big question: Can labour hire employees be part-time workers? The answer is Yes! Of course they will not have the title of a ” “, but on hired employees or temps can serve the same function as part-time workers. There are also some added advantages to bringing in temps as part-time workers in your company.

These include:

  1. Reduced cost. With temps, you are not responsible for looking to find the employee – which is costly in terms of time, money and human resources. It is the labour hire agency’s job to look for the employee, vet them and provide them to you. They also maintain their employees’ payroll saving you the trouble and cost of doing it.
  2. Access to a larger skill pool. Labour hire firms provide employees to a variety of industries which gives them access to a very wide skill pool.
  3. Emergency cover. Labour hire agencies have a lot of employees on stand-by which means that you can get cover for an emergency with minimal interruptions due to the labour shortage.

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