Financial teams to use temps

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More than half of the chief finance officers at firms in North East England plan to use temporary or interim staff to augment their finance teams in 2012, according to new research from Robert Half UK.

Despite European uncertainty and changing working practices, businesses based in Northern England consider specialist interim staff as essential to cover for the current skills shortage.

The Robert Half survey found that almost a fifth of finance and accounting departments were temporary staff and that figure rose to more than one in four for larger companies.

Phil Sheridan, managing director of Robert Half UK, said: “With the challenging business environment and continued global economic uncertainty, some hiring managers in Northern England are taking advantage of the knowledge and skills that temporary and interim staff can bring to a company’s bottom line. By continuing to capitalise on the readily available and highly specialised temporary market, businesses can adjust more easily and quickly to workload variations.”