Temporary employment: contract work or gig work as some may call it, does exactly what it says on the tin. It refers to a type of employment arrangement where an individual works for a company or organisation for a limited period. Temporary work can take many forms, from freelance projects to short-term contracts, and it’s becoming increasingly popular in today’s job market. While some people may view temporary work as a stop-gap solution until they find a permanent position, there are many advantages to this type of employment that are often overlooked. Here are some of – what we believe – to be the biggest benefits of temporary employment for both candidates and employers.
Benefits for the candidates
One of the most significant advantages of temporary employment is the flexibility it provides. Many people choose temporary work because it allows them to work on their own schedule. Temporary workers can often set their own hours, work from home, or work part-time. Full time roles don’t offer this level of flexibility, therefore it’s an especially appealing option for those who have other commitments. Individuals with childcare or caregiving responsibilities, or those pursuing other projects or interests will be perfect for temporary work.
Opportunity for professional development
Temporary work can provide a unique opportunity for professional development. Individuals often have the chance to work with new people and in new environments, gaining valuable experience and skills. Additionally, temporary workers can often take advantage of training and development opportunities provided by the company they are working for. This can help to build a diverse skill set and increase the chances of landing a permanent job in the future.
Exposure to different industries
Temporary work can also provide an opportunity to explore different industries and gain exposure to new fields. This exposure can also help to identify new career paths or areas of interest that may not have been considered previously. Individuals can use temporary work to dip their toes into roles they have an interest in, but are unsure if they want to jump straight in.
Temporary work provides opportunities to build relationships and expand professional networks. This is particularly true for those working on short-term projects or contracts where they may be working with multiple teams or departments within one company. This exposure is the best way to create new connections and potential job opportunities down the line.
Competitive rates of pay
Temporary work can often pay quite well, particularly in high-demand fields such as technology or finance. Temporary workers are often paid hourly or by project, and the rate can be quite competitive. This is particularly appealing to those who are looking to earn money quickly or supplement their income.
Gets your foot in the door
There is no better way to see if an organisation is right for you, than to work with them. Temporary work allows you to see ‘first hand’ how a company works (they’re culture, people and roles available) and still walk away with no qualms. A successful temporary spell allows you to get your foot in the door with a company, and a greater chance that you’ll eventually secure permanent employment.
Keeping your CV up to date
Almost every interviewer will question a gap in your CV. Although, in many circumstances there is a valid reason behind it, a company will assume the worst. It will mean a lack of knowledge in updated processes and current legislation. Taking a temporary role will ensure gaps are filled and also impress a potential employer that you are still in employment whilst looking for a permanent role.
Benefits for the employers
Adapt to fluctuations in the company
Temporary staff are the ideal option for organisations that adjust to seasonal fluctuations. For example – within the world of retail – there are significant rises and falls throughout the year. Companies can take on temporary staff on the lead up to Christmas to deal with the additional workload. It’s a great way to manage new projects, or taking over projects with issues such as redundancy processes.
The main advantage of utilising temporary staff is that is gives you the chance to create your own flexible workforce. This is ideal for a growing business as you can always add to your workforce when necessary, and you get to choose the timeframe. Additionally, you can always stop or remove staff if need be.
The fastest way to recruit
The hiring of temporary staff has to be one of the quickest and simplest ways to recruit. If you worked with an agency, they would make all the appropriate checks, have an initial interview and process all the individual’s payroll. Companies can then concentrate on what they do best.
Temporary staff can be recruited quickly and simply. This gives companies the option to cover absences such as long-term sickness, maternity/paternity, or even a sudden staff departure. This means staff can be retained whilst utilising temporary staff during the absence.
Find the ideal candidates
Using temporary staff allows companies to see if the candidates work well in the role and fit well into the team. If for any reason, it isn’t working out, it’s simply a call to the recruitment agency to request a replacement. If a perfect candidate is found, a permanent contract is always an option.
In conclusion, while temporary work may not be for everyone, there are many advantages to this type of employment. If you are looking to find temporary recruitment or to outsource your recruitment process, give Major Recruitment a call today and see how we can help you.