Reduce use of temps within Government

Managing better and reducing the need for temporary staff within Government.  Directly employing temporary staff through the Peronnel office own temp department or longer term contracts/better vetting so staff don't chop and change constantly.  Reducing the bill the Govt pay to the agencies which is double what the temp gets or thereabouts.

Why the contribution is important

The employment agencies on the island take almost double the hourly rate for a temp to make profit for themselves.  Temping agencies advertise hundreds of jobs in job centre on a constant basis.  Government should advertise direct and avoid paying the extra fee to these agencies, saving money.

by Shale on April 11, 2017 at 12:19PM

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  • Posted by Shale April 11, 2017 at 12:21

    The fact there's such a high turnover of staff is beneficial to the agency (in monetary terms) but demoralises staff in government and doesn't benefit the workers.
  • Posted by Shale April 11, 2017 at 12:21

    the Government end up paying more...... they could probably employ one full time manager for the cost of all the temps
  • Posted by LeanGreen April 11, 2017 at 13:18

    I know three people who are rotating round government on short term contracts through agencies.

    It does not seem satisfactory on either side. These people don't know whether they will have a job from one month to the next. And departmental workers have to get used to new people coming in constantly. Plus the agency takes a cut every time.
  • Posted by narlacat April 11, 2017 at 14:51

    I have thought this for a while too. Agency commission is around 15-20%.
  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 11, 2017 at 23:34

    We Maverick used to have need of these agencies,so why now? It used to be that the temp jobs were posted at the job centre like any other job. The Agencies just get money for nothing really and its fairer if a person applies through the job centre as everyone gets to see what's on offer without having to be 'vetted' by an Agency who can turn them down for their books and thus deny them the opportunity to get the work.Doesnt seem right really.Certainly the government would save money on fees .
  • Posted by NorthernResident May 14, 2017 at 20:57

    At least temping agencies don't appear to have got into the supply teaching sphere - not yet, anyway.
    Supply teachers actually get paid LESS on supply that if they were on permanent contract if they had previously been above a certain point on the pay scale.

    It means some people who could do supply won't - as they feel they're being ripped off. However, I have also heard of supply teachers being brought in from off-island and having all their expenses (hotel, flights etc) paid for them, PLUS a higher pay rate than local supply teachers are getting. Doesn't seem fair, somehow.

    I agree that the agencies are a bad thing, but wish there could be a fair way forward for all. Might even encourage more people to do supply / temorary work in future.
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