What is temping?
Temping or temporary work is based on a non-fixed term basis, but can last for any length of time, from a single day's work to months in duration. Salary is usually paid on a weekly basis and is based on an hourly rate, meaning you don't have to wait a month to get paid. It can be full time or part time hours, giving you control over when and how you work.
Employers recruit temps for a number of reasons. It could be to boost productivity at busy times, to cover staff absence or leave (such as maternity leave), for particular projects, to fill gaps in expertise or to analyse employee performance with the potential of permanent employment afterwards.
As well as offering flexibility, temping is a great way for you to learn new skills, experience new industries and meet new people.
Temping offers a realistic alternative to permanent work and offers many benefits.
- Temping gives you more control over your working life and allows you to choose when you work, for whom and for how long.
- Temping gives you the opportunity to meet new people and learn about new industries, management styles and work cultures.
- Temp roles can help you to try new things, decide what you like and dislike and define your strengths and weaknesses.
- Temping gives you the chance to gain experience, providing an opportunity to develop new skills and enhance your CV.
- If you're thinking about a change of direction or industry, temping can help you find out about new sectors and decide what's right for you.
- Temping is an ideal way to get your foot in the door of a company for whom you would like to work. It's easier to learn about a company, its culture and the opportunities that may exist there from an insider's point of view.
- Temping is often used as a way for employers to assess a person's suitability for a role before offering them a permanent position.