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Manpower Human Resource Lab paper

Temporary Agency Workers and Workplace Performance in the Private Sector


Using nationally representative workplace data we identify the correlates of temporary agency working (TAW) in the private sector in Britain and its association with workplace labour productivity and financial performance. TAW per se is not associated with workplace financial performance. It is also not associated with two of the three measures of labour productivity analysed. However, it does appear to be associated with higher sales per employee. Furthermore, when moving beyond the simple incidence of TAW at the workplace, the association between TAW use and workplace performance and productivity differs according to the jobs TAW perform and the number of TAW at the workplace.


Alex Bryson

May 2007     Paper Number MHRLDP0003

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