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Contractors and temp hires: An empowered workforce [Video]

Contractors, casual staff and temporary workers have a firm place in the Australian workforce – but just how much do they know about their rights and entitlements?

In 2011 and 2014, WorkPro decided to find out. We surveyed people engaged in contract and temporary work to learn how well they understood their rights and responsibilities – including information about pay and workplace health and safety duties.

According to the results, these workers are quite on top of the ins and outs of their arrangements.

In 2011, 95 per cent of respondents said they were aware of their employment rights and responsibilities, with this figure rising slightly to 96 per cent in 2014. Survey participants also revealed a hunger for information about their obligations, pay, expectations and workplace safety hazards.

How do workers gain this knowledge? Our surveys polled people at companies that use WorkPro’s screening and induction tools – which means they go through a streamlined onboarding process that covers policies, agreements and work health and safety training. This type of program for temporary and contract workers can give them the information they’re keen to learn – and the knowledge they need to be safe and successful on the job.

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