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recently read a Sydney Morning Herald
article by Nick Toscano that stated a joint
Australian-Swedish study presented at the
Australian Psychological Society’s College
of Health Psychologists’ conference in
Sydney in April had found that people moving
in and out of temporary or “insecure” work
were at an increased risk of health problems,
with the research revealing an “accumulation”
effect from multiple spells of unemployment.
The study tracked the experiences of more
than 1080 school-leavers and found that
accumulated effects of shorter spells of
unemployment were damaging in similar
ways to the well-established health effects of
long-term joblessness. The findings showed
that people were more likely to experience
health problems including depression and
negative behaviours if they had experienced
The study focused on school leavers and
while it is not specified in the article, you
could make the assumption they would be
younger job seekers lacking in practical work
experience. As such, you might also expect
they would have a preference for securing
permanent employment as opposed to
temporary work as they embark on their
Of course, there are many experienced
practitioners in the events industry who
choose to work freelance or project by
From a health hazard to possibly the future, temporary work
has its challenges.
IS TEMP WORK
project; essentially on a temporary work basis. This suits both their lifestyle and circumstances
and is a sustainable mode of working for these individuals because they have established clients
and therefore a regular flow of work and revenue coming in.
Notwithstanding, at a time when the employment market is fickle, if not soft, and under-
employment is a problem, there are some in the events industry who would rather be employed
on a permanent basis but can only secure temporary contract work for periods of time that can
last from several weeks to in some cases several years.
It is also true that since the GFC job security has been impacted and many employers have
opted for temporary contractors to fill specific workload requirements as it gives them greater
flexibility to increase or decrease their workforce as needed in line with market demands. In
many cases this has been at the expense of offering someone a position on a permanent full-
time or part-time basis.
Which leads me to another article I sighted in the Sydney Morning Herald, also by Nick
Toscano, who declared, “Throw out your briefcase, clear your desk. The days of working in an
actual office could be coming to an end.”
Nick was reporting on those speaking at the Future of Work conference held in Melbourne in
late April this year. Delegates were told that in the future we are more likely to be freelancers or
sole contractors (i.e. working on a temporary contract basis), as we race faster than ever
towards a dramatically different economy.
John Brumby, Advisory Board Chairman of the Centre for Workplace Leadership, stated that
“the workplace is changing... and one of the big drivers is because the world itself is changing
so profoundly... and these changes are having a massive impact on how people work.”
The “on-demand economy” is gathering pace with increasing numbers working as freelancers
and on demand for their own clients rather than for the one employer. The future of work is
mobile and flexible and these flexible work arrangements should also boost workforce gender
equality, with parents finding it easier to have careers as well as be caregivers.
Demographer and KPMG partner Bernard Salt added that he believes workers are embracing
flexibility and placing higher value on “loyalty to self” as opposed to their employer, and said that
those valuing flexibility over job security will be the clear winners in the new economy.
Certainly much to consider for employers and employees alike... m
Contact John Hackett at Event Recruitment on (02) 9279 2019 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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