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The Benefits of Temping

On29/ 07 /16
In an age of flexible working, it's little surprise that temping is growing in popularity.

According to figures from the Office of National Statistics, there are now more than 1.6 million temps in the UK. This represents 6.1% of the UK workforce.

What’s more, temps have increased by 9.18% since January 2010. 


So what is so attractive above temporary working? We take a look at 5 benefits for both candidates and employers. 

Temping for Candidates

1. The chance to shop around – A key benefit of temping is the opportunity to try your hand at different roles before finding out what suits you. This can be particularly helpful when looking for your first job after study or when considering a career change.

2. Valuable experience – Temping also gives you some great experience. If you have a couple of positions with some respected companies on your CV, it immediately boosts your credentials.

3. A foot in the door – There is intense competition for jobs in many sectors, and temping can provide an alternative way into your chosen industry. Impress your co-workers whilst temping, and you may be offered a permanent role.

4. Learn new skills – Even within the same sector, companies will differ in their approach and use different systems. Temping allows workers to gain new skills and insights from each employer. 

5. A variety of benefits – Temping offers many of the same benefits as permanent work including holiday allowance and sick pay. This makes it a viable alternative to a permanent position for many people.

Temping For Employers

1. Fluctuating staff requirements – Temping allows companies the flexibility to adjust their staffing levels as required. It’s often unfeasible to hire permanent staff if work levels are not consistent throughout the year. 

2. Try before you buy– Hiring temporary staff allows companies to evaluate workers without commitment. Temp to perm roles are a good way to ensure that you find the right staff before offering them a permanent contract. 

3. Save time and money - We all know that recruitment can be lengthy and expensive, particularly the screening process. Using temp workers can often provide cost savings over hiring permanent employees.

Also, the agency is effectively the temp’s employer and is therefore responsible for all payroll costs, any sick pay or holiday pay.

4. Hire for specific skills - Sometimes a project will require a highly specific skill-set, and a temp can be hired in to cover the specialist work. This also allows businesses to offer a wider range of services to their clients with low risk.

5. Speed is of the essence – Sometimes staff are required straight away and companies just can’t wait for a lengthy hire process. In these instances, it can make sense to use a temp, to start making headway on the project.

If you are looking for temporary work or are interested in hiring temporary staff, contact Berks and Berks today. Our experienced consultants are here to help you find the right temp role or candidates.
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