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The benefits of temping are numerous and can often extend far beyond the expected perks, such as increased flexibility and exposure to new areas of a business, for both candidates and employers. Indeed if you have been considering taking a temporary contract or hiring a temp, now be may the perfect time to enter the market.

Leona McAleer, our temporary contract consultant, comments: “The demand for temp candidates is extremely high at the moment and we are seeing more and more temps being kept on as permanent staff. A temp contract shouldn’t be overlooked by candidates, as it is not only a viable route into a permanent job but also a chance to gain several benefits on its own. For employers this is also a fantastic opportunity to gain access to talented staff at short notice.”

For the employer…

  1. Greater ability to manage workflow…

If you find that staff workloads are fluctuating heavily it could be time for you to consider hiring a temp. Temps can provide vital support for staff members under pressure and ensure that workloads are managed easily without compromising productivity.

  1. Hiring a temp can quickly provide your business with immediate qualified staff…

The hiring process can often be a long and arduous one and can leave your business without good staff for a significant amount of time. You can combat this by hiring a temp, which will provide you with immediate and qualified staff to keep things running until you’re able to hire someone permanent. Or you may decide to hire your temp permanently.

  1. Flexibility…

Hiring a temp will allow you unlimited flexibility. Whether you need someone in for just one day or three months, you can manage it quickly and easily. If you are looking for a permanent member of staff but would like to evaluate their employability on the job, this may be the route for you.

  1. Can be cheaper than hiring permanent staff and less time consuming…

The cost of hiring a temp is usually lower than hiring a full-time employee with benefits and also less time consuming. This is perfect if your project is only short-term.

  1. Temporary employees can provide specialised skills for all types of industries…

Traditionally companies have sought lower-skilled employees for temp contracts. However we are now seeing highly skilled temps in all areas of business. This can provide you with a great means of servicing your projects to the highest standard quickly and flexibly.

For the employee…

  1. Exposure to wider areas of the business…

You could find that as a temp you are exposed to wider areas of the business. This will give you an opportunity to improve and increase your skills even further and provide you with an edge over other candidates for future roles.

  1. Competitive hourly rates…

If you are looking to make some money quickly at a good rate, then temping is a good option for you. Hourly rates are often competitive and you could find that you are not only enhancing your CV but earning a great wage at the same time.

  1. Better opportunity for work-life-balance…

Do you have commitments that you need to work around such as study or family? Temping can allow you to work around these easily with short-term or long-term assignments without having to commit to a full time permanent position.

  1. Good networking opportunity…

Even if you aren’t kept on permanently, a temp position is still a great way to make contacts and get some good solid references. You never know, your hard work might just pay off in the future when a vacancy does come up. Your temp consultant will also be happy to recommend you to other clients and keep you working.

  1. The chance to be made permanent…

A temporary assignment is a fantastic way to prove your worth to a company and get your foot in the door. Leona adds: “Good time keeping, a good work ethic and taking on extra responsibilities are all great ways of making sure that you are kept on after your contract ends.”

Here at TwoScots we are committed to helping both our clients and our candidates get the best out of their temporary contracts. If you would like to know more please get in touch on 03 8624 2500 and one of the team will be happy to help.