Research by global recruitment firm Hays showed that 15 per cent of accountancy and finance departments will increase their use of temporary workers and contractors.
However, the rate of increase is below the overall average for all departments of 21 per cent.
Hays’ research also shows that while 31 per cent of employers never or rarely use temporaries and contractors, 46 per cent use them for special projects or workloads, and the final 23 per cent use them on a regular ongoing basis.
"In recent years, temporaries and contractors have been used primarily to offer headcount flexibility," said Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand.
"But today they are sought to be part of and support an existing team, work on projects and to add particular expertise to a department.
"Given the shortage of highly skilled professionals and rising business activity, temporaries and contractors will certainly see a greater need for their skills in the year ahead.
"For candidates considering a temporary or contract role, you need to be an expert in your field with the ability to hit the ground running. In return you receive exposure to a wide range of industries and organisations, expand your network, gain skills in new systems, and deepen your expertise," he said.