After seven years of experience with 'personnel leasing,' or temporary employment, Slovak employers still don't trust this method of employment. Therefore, the primary customers of Start, the personal recruitment agency that introduced the method to Slovakia, are foreign companies who are familiar with it from their home countries.
As a fully Slovak-owned agency, Start has procured foreign know-how from its Dutch mother company (of the same name) ever since they started operations in 1991.
Ľubomír Lehuta, Start's Director, explained that temporary employment has helped many people find a comfortable way to work. "Quite a number of people have problems finding a full-time job," he said, adding that temporary employment can be a good way to get a foot in the door on a long-term commitment. People motivated by these concerns can become employees of the agency, which provides short-term positions in line with their personal qualifications.
In western Europe, temporary work represents 36% of labor market positions, compared to 16% in Slovakia.
Lehuta said that one of the reasons why people choose this type of employment could be the difficulties they might have encountered in making a strong individual impression on potential employers. "If the employee's qualifications are guaranteed by the agency, the companies feel safer and more open to accepting the person," he said.
According to Lehuta, banks, traders and service-providing companies are the principal market for temporary employees, while workers are required for positions also in operations and marketing.