Growing contingent workforce drives shift in office design

Global technology recruitment leader Talent is transforming its physical office environments to respond to needs of a rapidly changing workforce. 

Talent offices around the world are being redesigned as “contractor hubs” to provide temporary workers with a space to connect, learn and socialise. 

Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows contractors now make up to 10% of all employment in Australia with 1 million Australian workers classified as being part of the temporary workforce. This trend is particularly evident in the tech sector, with Talent experiencing a 38% increase in contractor growth over the past three years. 

Talent’s Brisbane office was the first to be renovated with the contractor experience in mind. The new office at Central Plaza 2, 66 Eagle Street offers an open plan event space, bar, kitchen and lounge area.  

Talent Queensland General Manager Keith Dixon said that the intention behind this renovation and redesign was to create a space for the Talent contractor community to gather, decompress, learn and network. 

“We are always asking for feedback from our contractors so that we can understand their needs and how we can improve our support and service levels. Our contractors have told us that they often feel isolated and disconnected and there are many studies that report that this is an increasing issue with temporary workers. To combat this we have committed to provide a range of ways for contractors to feel connected and part of a community and our new office design will help us do exactly that.”

The team will host regular events, meet ups and “open door Fridays” in the space, as well as giving contractors a venue to use for meetings. The approach provides a face-to-face experience to complement Talent’s digital contractor platform, Engage. 

Talent Founder and Executive Chairman Richard Earl said that Talent offices around the world are following suit and embracing their contractor community.

“We are seeing ongoing growth in the global temporary workforce and it’s a trend we expect to continue. The traditional recruitment model does not cater for the many different types of work arrangements. Our vision to redefine recruitment means we are dedicated to finding new ways to benefit our clients, candidates and contractors. Globally we are committed to meeting the changing needs of both employers and different types of workers.”

He said “Our Brisbane team continues to go from strength to strength, thanks to the dedication and passion of a wonderful group of people under the leadership of Keith Dixon. Creating a state of the art working and networking space and opening it to the Talent contractor community is one of the ways they are establishing pre-eminent position in the Queensland market.”