Numerous opponents to the increase in part-time jobs voiced their concerns last week when the unemployment figures* were released showing that while the overall jobs market is running stronger, most of the gains in April were driven by part-time jobs, which rose by 49,000 for the month.
However, following a survey among its 2,500 workforce, a leader in sales, merchandising and marketing solutions to the retail industry, the Blueprint Group, has found that 83 per cent of its employees is happy with casual or part-time work.
The company has a casualised workforce of 84 per cent with the survey also finding that 70 per cent of employees find their position suitable for maintaining a work/life balance and providing the flexibility they desire around their working hours.
Caroline Trenfield, Blueprint Group’s new General Manager of Human Resources, said casual and part-time employees are also provided with a promotional path offering long term careers for those who seek it.
“While most of the positions we offer in retail are casual, it’s clear that there is a huge cohort who recognise the many benefits of being casual and actively seek this type of employment to suit their lifestyle needs.
“The results from our latest survey, when combined with an employee satisfaction rating that is 20 per cent above the industry average, demonstrate that staff are enjoying their work, they feel valued, understand end-user customers and are engaged with their client portfolios.”
Ms Trenfield attributes a 78 per cent field retention rate of Blueprint’s workforce to the extensive sales and merchandising skills training provided, both online and via 30 dedicated trainers around Australia.
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