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SURVEY SHOWS RISING DEMAND FOR SPECIALIZED TEMPORARIES; TOUGH TIMES INTRODUCE MORE PROFESSIONALS TO TEMPORARY WORK

 SURVEY SHOWS RISING DEMAND FOR SPECIALIZED TEMPORARIES;
 TOUGH TIMES INTRODUCE MORE PROFESSIONALS TO TEMPORARY WORK
 MENLO PARK, Calif., May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- In a recent nationwide survey, more than three-fourths of U.S. executives said companies are more likely to hire specialized, professional-level temporary workers today than they were three years ago. These workers include, for example, temporaries in accounting and finance, law, health care and other fields.
 The survey was conducted by an independent research firm, which polled 200 executives of the nation's 1,000 largest companies. It was developed by Accountemps, the world's largest temporary personnel service for accounting and bookkeeping.
 Respondents were asked: Are companies more or less likely to use temporary workers for non-clerical specialized positions than they were three years ago? Their response: 78 percent said "more likely."
 "There are two likely reasons for this trend," said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps. "First, many middle managers who have been laid off during the recession are now interested in temporary work. A number of these professionals are choosing temporary assignments as a means to enhance their specialized skills or to evaluate a prospective employer.
 "In addition, many companies are realizing that repeated staff 'downsizings' and 'upsizings' are costly and can negatively affect employee morale and productivity," said Messmer. "To avoid this, firms are often choosing to stay 'slightly understaffed' and are using specialized professional-level temporaries to help smooth out uneven workloads. This creates a buffer for 'core' or permanent employees, helping to reduce future layoffs."
 In fact, a related survey developed by Accountemps recently found that an overwhelming 81 percent of executives polled preferred to see their company "slightly understaffed."
 There are more than 150 Accountemps offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe.
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 /CONTACT: Lynn Taylor, 415-854-9700, or Marc Silbert, 516-767-3700, both of Accountemps/ CO: Accountemps ST: California IN: SU:


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