Temp workers are popular option in tough economy

Traditionally, organizations work with temporary accounting professionals at tax season, quarter- and year-ends, and the monthly close. But for firms operating with leaner employee teams, temporary professionals, being a variable expense, are an attractive option year-round, according to specialized staffing firm Robert Half International.

In today's economic environment, working with temporary professionals is a proven, cost-effective staffing strategy, said Robert Half International District President Sharon Black.

"This approach allows firms to protect the jobs of full-time staff since they can avoid the cycles of overhiring followed by layoffs," Black said.

Additionally, working with temporary staff can be a valuable strategy when making a full-time hire because companies can evaluate the performance of the professionals firsthand, Black pointed out.

Many businesses and industries work with temporary professionals. Robert Half International works with public accounting firms, corporations, small businesses, and government and nonprofit agencies, among other organizations, to fill their temporary staffing needs. These accounting professionals fill positions at all levels, from operational support to staff accounting positions through senior-level roles, such as controller and CFO.

"Employers understand that project professionals can help them manage workload peaks, access specialized expertise not available internally, and ensure productivity goals and high-priority initiatives remain on track," Black said.

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