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Many people associate contract workers as employees that are younger and often lower-skilled.

However, a new report has completely dispelled that myth.

In fact, contract workers with specialised skills, higher education and more years of experience have become the norm in Asia’s workforce today.

According to Page Personnel’s 2016 Global Temporary Employment report, 56% of Singapore and 72% of Hong Kong contract employees exceed 10 years of qualified experience, much higher than the Asia average of 44%.

The report was based on responses from 1,954 managers in companies deploying temporary staff and 4,092 professionals across 65 countries around the globe.

Experience is becoming increasingly valued for temporary employment, and thus the typical profile of contract employees is changing. The majority of respondents for the survey were over the age of 30.

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“Due to the changing economic landscape, Asia has seen an increased demand for professional and qualified contractors.  Expectations of contract staff have also risen; they’re expected to do more in less time, have better educational qualifications and be able to work independently,” said Mellissa Mayne, associate director, Page Personnel Singapore.

Other highlights of the report included:

  • Communication skills have also become a major requirement from contract employees as 90% of those surveyed are expected to engage with other internal business units
  • Due to increased demands from employers, 83% of contract employees are now required to be more flexible in adopting a wider job scope
  • Contract employees are granted more autonomy as 79% respondents report having to work without close supervision

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