Four in ten (41%) British workers plan to work on a temporary basis at some point in their careers, a new study by YouGov and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has found.
The report Flex Appeal, which polled 4,234 British adults, also found that 36% of people had already worked in a temporary role at some point in their career.
The most common forms of temporary work were for agencies (performed by 24% of those surveyed), freelancing (11%) or contracting (10%).
REC chief executive Kevin Green said flexible working is particularly appealing to young people, parents and workers approaching retirement.
He warned that temporary workers should not be looked down upon as second-rate.
“If you talk to people who work this way, they value being able to fit work around their family commitments, can earn more, or are using temporary assignments to pick up specific skills and experience they couldn’t get elsewhere,” Green said.