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Occasional shift work is ever expanding in businesses, so temporary employment is a fantastic way to get your foot in the door with one of our clients. But, how can you make the most of your short-term contract?


If flexibility is critical in your daily life then temporary work is perfect for you. One of the biggest perks to temporary work is the flexibility to take complete control of your working life. Similarly, you won’t have to worry about taking your responsibilities from work home with temporary positions. Maintaining a healthy work life balance is another appealing aspect of short-term employment – leaving your days open to upskill.


You have a plethora of skills that you may not even know about, and each role you work in will further improve certain skills. Communication to project management, everyone in the workforce can learn on the job. Go into your role with an open mind and be proactive in learning all you can. It may only be temporary work, but it will be beneficial in the long run.


Each time you get a role, regardless of length of time spent with a business, include this on your CV. We pride ourselves on working with some of the leading organisations in the UK, having industry leading names on your CV is always going to look good. Plus, you further highlight the skills learned within a role.


Working within organisations at the top of their game means you can build up your contact book. During your temporary employment it’s critical to connect with people who may be able to act as a reference, managers who are looking to hire permanent staff, or simply making new friends.


Organising your benefits is important once you get a job. For roles that require you to work less than 16 hours per week, you may be entitled to Income Support or Jobseeker’s Allowance. If you have prior childcare commitments, then temporary work will not only allow you to be aware of your working pattern but you can still claim your benefits. It’s a win, win. Remember to contact your local social services department for more information.


Yes, you may only be working in your short-term or temporary contract for several days or weeks, or even just one shift, but if you go in with the right attitude the potential is limitless. If you’re regularly doing shifts with a company and a similar role arises, it is likely the company will consider you first for the position. You are known, reliable and understand the business – the potential for permanent work is always on offer during temp roles.


From the day you start work, you’ve got a worker’s employment rights, and the same rights as your permanent colleagues to use shared facilities provided by the employer. After 12 weeks in the job, you’ll qualify for the same rights as someone employed directly, also known as ‘equal treatment’, which includes the same pay as a permanent colleague doing the same job, automatic pension enrolment and paid annual leave.


As an employer, temporary workers supplied by an agency could be the answer to any demanding or busy periods within your workforce.

Making an immediate difference to any role they are placed in; temporary workers are also fast to hire. In the past we have had clients call us on the day requiring staff to start at short notice – we are committed to making sure this happens.

Regardless if you’ve had an unexpected job  come through, or you have absence to cover, temps can make a real difference. Taking on temp workers during busy periods can prove to be very efficient and offers flexibility.

Bringing skills, experience and knowledge to your workforce, temporary workers can even provide new industry information to current, permanent members of staff. When a permanent position is required to be filled temporary workers can slot into this role during the set recruitment period.

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