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Temporary workers 'should be made permanent'

Published: Monday, 25 February 2008   Category: Life after graduation

Westminster Council could make substantial savings by making some temporary staff permanent employees, which may be of interest to recent graduates.

These are the findings of a report released last week by the council which revealed that they spent some £21 million last year on temporary employees, reports Recruiter.

According to the report, may of the workers were in clerical positions as well as more specialist areas with admin staff accounting for around £6.7 million of the council's spending.

Leader of the Labour Group, counsellor Paul Dimoldenberg, commented: "The council spends more than £21 million a year on temporary staff and it looks as if there are considerable savings to be made by making more of these temporary staff full- time employees."

The report also revealed that the cost of hiring temporary staff was often above market rates as the council "was not using its combined purchasing power" to ensure that it was getting a competitive deal.

In related news, Westminster Council recently reported that it is moving closer to cashless parking in the area.


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