The flexible workforce

Organisations have been working with flexible staffing solutions for years. Salt’s APAC CEO Jacqui Barratt shares her thoughts on the flexible workforce.

Businesses globally realise that to be competitive they need to be nimble and responsive to market dynamics. To do this, they choose to engage individuals who bring skills they need or don’t have within the business; when they need them and for a specific purpose. Obviously this doesn’t take away from organisations needing a permanent workforce. More often than not, it enhances and/or compliments the team you have!

Organisations choose to utilise flexible staff for a wide range of reasons:

  • Employee Demand. As employees, we are looking for greater work-life balance or flexibility. Companies have to respond to this to assist in employee retention as they still have a need to fulfil.
  • Special Projects. Allowing companies to tap into expertise that may not be readily available within the business.
  • Maternity Leave
  • Annual Holidays
  • Sick Leave Cover
  • Extra support during workflow peaks
  • Implementation of new systems
  • Cover as you seek a new permanent team member
  • Seasonal Fluctuations
  • Cover whilst permanent staff are undergoing training

And the list goes on.

People who choose this style of work are often incredibly flexible and adaptable, and can transition into new environments with ease. Change, as they say, is a constant and as individuals we are being challenged to adapt and embrace change quicker than ever before.

Thankfully, we are long past the days of people, thinking individuals who choose flexible work options do so because they cannot secure a permanent job. This couldn’t be further from the truth! The fact is people are choosing to work this way! Organisations acknowledge the value these individuals can bring to their business and some wouldn’t survive without them!


Every organisation is currently reassessing their structure and workforce plan to respond to COVID-19. If you would like to talk to one of our specialists about the best approach and potential solutions, visit our Employer page to submit a short brief, and we’ll be in touch shortly.

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