Historically there has been some tension and mistrust between regulators, unions, employers and the labour hire sector. Some of this is deserved while much of it is not.
In New Zealand in 2010 a natural disaster set the scene for what could well become a template for a collaborative approach between these parties.
New Zealand’s temporary staffing sector is expected to grow strongly over the next five years accounting for a combined revenue of $2 billion and employing 40,600 staff in the last year, according to a report by industry researcher IbisWorld released in September 2018.
The Ibis report definition of temporary staffing services is: “Industry operators primarily provide casual, short-term and other temporary staffing solutions on a contract or fee basis. Although temporary staff service firms provide staff to client businesses, the workers remain legally employed by the temporary staff provider”.
The report states that revenue and the size of this employment sector will continue to grow in New Zealand into 2023 as demand for temporary sta