Australia is one of the most popular countries in the world for professional people to move to but finding a full time job may become harder.

New research suggests that more and more employers are offering jobs on a temporary, pat time and contract basis and this trend is likely to continue.

employees-officeThe latest data from recruitment giant Hays suggests that 21% of organisations will increase their use of temporary and contract staff over the next 12 months and 23% now use temporary and contract staff on a regular ongoing basis.

The number of temporary and contract jobs will continue to rise in the year ahead, according to Hays, which has done an analysis of the data from its 2016 salary guide. And it is positions in IT, engineering and accounting, all popular with would be expats, that are likely to see the biggest change.

The greatest increases in temporary and contract job numbers is likely to be in engineering departments where 31% of employers plan to increase their use of such staff, followed by IT with a projected rise of 29%.

The use of temporary and contract staff is likely to increase by 25% in project management, by 23% in both operational management and purchasing/procurement, by 22% in distribution and by 20% in both HR and sales.

Meanwhile 15% of employers in accountancy and finance and 10% of marketing departments said that they will increase their use of temporary staff and contractors.

The guide also shows that while 31% of employers never or rarely use temporary workers and contractors, 46% use them for special projects or workloads, and the final 23% use them on a regular ongoing basis.

'In recent years temporaries and contractors have been used primarily to offer headcount flexibility. But today they are sought to be part of and support an existing team, work on projects and to add particular expertise to a department,' said Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand.

'Given the shortage of highly skilled professionals and rising business activity, temporaries and contractors will certainly see a greater need for their skills in the year ahead,' he added.

He pointed out that applicants considering a temporary or contract role need to be an expert in their given field with the ability to hit the ground running. 'In return you receive exposure to a wide range of industries and organisations, expand your network, gain skills in new systems, and deepen your expertise,' he said.