According to a recent report by The Independent the UK economy has seen a 40% rise in the number of temp employees over last 10 years, resulting in a remarkable 800,000 plus temps contributing to the UK workforce. Whether you want to earn more money, build your career or expand your skill set, we’ve summarised the top 5 benefits to temping and how it can work for you.
We’ll start with arguably one of the best advantages to temping and something we all value in our work, flexibility. Not having a fixed contract means you can take some control over your working week, so no expectation to work long hours or participate in overtime, unless of course you want to! Perhaps you’re struggling to juggle childcare commitments or frequently need time off to care for an unwell family member. Or maybe you want to work from home or freelance from time to time. Not having a fixed job means it’s far easier to take career breaks and take time out to focus on other priorities in your life.
- Expand your skill set – fast
Working in a temporary role means you will be exposed to an array of different jobs and tasks, so you’ll need to be adaptable in providing a capable and diverse skill set. Yes, you might be thrown in the deep end initially and have to learn on the job, but you’ll very quickly develop new skills, learn different systems and build on transferable skills. Not only will this do wonders for your CV but will significantly increase your employability to future companies and organisations.
- Test the water
Whether you’re embarking on a new career direction or returning to work after a period of absence, a temp role with give you thinking space to consider your next move – so test the ground before committing yourself. You might be a seasoned contractor who is keen to try out a different industry, or maybe you’ve just always wanted to work in a particular sector or for a specific company. Take the opportunity to test your suitability to gain exposure and experience within new industries and in in the meantime, you are still out there earning money, building new skills and contacts!
- Build networks
We are all familiar with the ‘it’s not what you know, its who you know’ saying, and this is often the case in recruitment. Temping is a valuable way to meet a variety of people, and build up your professional network. So, if you haven’t done so already, get on LinkedIn and start networking! Try to step out of your comfort zone and reach out to your fellow peers to share ideas and build new relationships, you never know when a contact may be able to help your career further down the line.
- It might lead to a permanent position
Hiring temp to perm employees is becoming increasingly common for companies, with the current economic uncertainty, there is an increasing pressure to reduce costs with a shorter hiring process.
Whilst there is no guarantee a temporary position will lead to a permanent one, providing you make the right impression, temping can be the ideal gateway to a permanent position with a company. The most obvious positive of a permanent position is job security but bear in mind permanent jobs may offer less when it comes to annual salary. If you are offered a temp to perm position, you will need to review your salary expectations pf permanent verses contract, some negotiation may be required.
Don’t forget that temp workers still have worker’s employment rights and after 12 weeks, you qualify for similar rights as a permanent employee. Read the full terms here at gov.uk
Whatever your reasons for temping are, MARS Recruitment can help find you the right opportunities and support you on your career journey. If you are considering temping and want to gain experience in the Engineering, Technology or Business Support fields, get in touch here and see how we can help!
Statistics sourced from a report on Independent online, research carried out by Resolution Foundation 2018.