For many temporary workers being sent out on assignments, the ultimate goal is to impress the employer enough to be converted into a regular, full-time employee. For staffing agencies, they also like to see supplemental staff hired by their clients as it represents a financial win for both parties. As the global economy improves, the number of temporary conversions is on the upswing.

The Buffalo News recently reported a surge in temp-to-perm hires in Buffalo, New York. From 2010 to 2013, the growth of temporary work opportunities in the area topped out at 20 percent, the newspaper stated, citing data from Economic Modeling Specialists International. Now, many of these workers are finding that they are being offered permanent positions in the companies at which they were originally hired as contractors.

"It has definitely started to pick up over the last year. You're starting to see people get a lot more opportunities in front of them," Bob Nealon, Robert Half's regional staffing manager in Buffalo, told the newspaper. "A lot of firms have started getting busier, so they're using temporary workers as a vehicle to feel out staffing levels, and as they see it's sustainable, they're converting those folks over to permanent hires."

In a Korea, a similar situation is also taking place. For 11 years, the Hyundai Motor Company has employed temporary workers in a number of areas. However, according to Business Korea, an agreement was reached between Hyundai and the labor union allowing the contractors to convert as many as 3,500 workers to permanent, full-time status.

The recent happenings both domestically in Buffalo and also in Korea are an encouraging sign for many contract workers who are also waiting and hoping for an opportunity to be converted to permanent status.

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