Temp workers living large in the West

More employers are turning to temps to fill gaps and agencies have to be creative to get the people they need
By Carly Foster
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/07/2008

Flex hours. Increased wages. Longer contracts. Education pay. Housing allowance. Breakfast and lunch. Welcome to the new world of temporary employment in Canada’s booming West.

“It’s an employee-driven market,” said Chris Roach, a principal at staffing firm Cadre in Calgary and national president of the Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services. “You have to be competitive.”

Faced with surging, seemingly unstoppable business opportunities, a high employment rate and a labour shortage, more and more Western companies are turning to contract workers to fill their staffing requirements.