Leicester-based Accept Recruitment have launched a brand new, national initiative to celebrate and support the vital daily work carried out by millions of temporary workers across the UK.
National Temporary Workers Day will take place on the 4th November and is a UK first. Commenting on the campaign Mark Pearce, Managing Director of Accept Recruitment said, “There are currently around 1.6 million temporary workers in the UK according to the latest statistics. As an industry and as a society we believe that we need to celebrate and thank temporary employees who work alongside and support the very largest to the smallest companies along the width and breadth of the country. The contribution they provide to the companies they work for, the flexibility they gladly give and the positive impact on our economy cannot be understated.
“Since launching this initiative we’ve already seen many companies sign the Charter and commit to recognising the value that our temporary workers add to both the workplace and our economy. Temporary workers are an essential link in our businesses and together we can agree to treat them fairly and with respect. By signing our Charter and taking part in National Temporary Workers Day we’re committing to ensuring they’re paid fairly and have a safe environment to work in.”
Temporary workers come in many different guises and include teachers, lorry drivers, fruit pickers, warehouse workers, nurses, admin staff and receptionists amongst others. Adds John Smith-Howell, IT & Marketing Director of Accept Recruitment, “Without these people working on a daily basis, our loved ones would not be cared for properly, shelves in supermarkets would be empty and industry in general would grind to a halt. In fact we’re seeing for ourselves the impact temporary workers have as businesses report struggling to recruit the people they need due to the combined factors of COVID-19 and Brexit which has seen many workers return home.
“We recognise that the world in which we live has changed significantly over the last 18 months. During the pandemic many temporary workers have been classed as Key Workers and have continued to provide their services during this exceptionally difficult time. These are people that we need to congratulate and give recognition to of a job very well done indeed.
“A National Temporary Workers Day has never been dedicated before. We want to change that and are asking companies large and small as well as fellow recruitment agencies to get on-board and join with us in celebrating them and their contribution on the 4th of November.”
Kate Shoesmith, Deputy CEO of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation added, “Our data shows the recruitment industry places a million temporary workers into work every single day in the UK. At some point in our careers, two in five of us work as a temporary worker – whether it is to gain new skills in a different sector, earn some money while studying or to balance other responsibilities we have, like caring for our families. So it’s great to see an REC member putting forward this initiative to celebrate everything they do. This day is an opportunity to show how much we value temporary staff and to say thank you – but it shouldn’t be a one off. Temps are an essential part of our economy and the workforce and must be recognised as such.”
To join National Temporary Worker Day visit https://www.acceptrec.co.uk/clients/national-temporary-worker-day