5 Reasons to Consider Hiring Temporary Workers

In a world where many employers are complaining that employee loyalty is dead, have you ever considered that temporary workers might actually be exactly what you need?

Temporary work can mean any of the following: fixed-period contracts, agency temps, seasonal work, or casual work. And there are many situations where an organisation might find these kinds of employees beneficial!

As Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, says, “Temporary work helps firms to keep things moving, as it always does, highlighting the crucial role the staffing industry plays in the economy.”

We can think of 5 reasons why temporary staff might be more beneficial to you than a permanent hire.

 1.      Flexibility

Workload demand isn’t always consistent. You might experience seasonal peaks, or you might have a one-off project that requires more labour. Alternatively, you could experience a temporary staff absence, such as extended sick leave or parental leave.

In any case, temporary staff can be brought in when you need them and released when their services are no longer required. This allows you to maintain optimal staffing levels without putting your long-term staff under pressure or making long-term commitments.

2.      Get Around Recruitment Freezes

Occasionally, your company may go through headcount or payroll restrictions. However, hiring temporary staff usually comes out of a specific department’s budget, rather than the general recruitment budget.

For example, a marketing mailer campaign might require extra staff to pack envelopes. So, the cost for temporary staff is calculated as part of the campaign budget. Thus, avoiding any recruitment bans or needing to seek approval for permanent headcount increases.

3.      Try Before You Buy

This concept works in a couple of different ways. For one, a temporary hire allows businesses to fully evaluate a person’s skills, work ethic, and cultural fit. It reduces the risk of bad, permanent hires which can cost a business money in the long run.

You could also try out new capabilities for your business to see if it’s something you want to pursue. Hire temporary staff while trailing the new product/service/process, and only commit to permanent hires once you’ve established the venture is worthwhile.

4.      Quicker Hiring

Unlike long-term hires, temporary staffing agencies or platforms will have a pool of workers ready and waiting for the call. If you’ve been left in the lurch by unexpected circumstances, staffing agencies can quickly connect businesses with qualified candidates, saving time and effort in the recruitment process.

If the staffing gap continues, you can either offer the temporary worker the job full-time (provided they are doing a good job, of course) or you can begin a relaxed recruitment process for someone permanent.

5.      Specialised Skills

Finally, many temporary workers choose the short-term lifestyle because they have a very niche skillset, and they are used to working on particular projects with a range of companies across their industry. Temporary staffing allows you to tap into this pool of experts as and when you need them.

Moreover, these hires are not just about helping you hit your bottom line. Specialised temps can offer a huge amount of insight and advice, too. It would make sense to take advantage of their incredible experience, and it can result in an even better outcome for you than you originally expected.

Closing Thoughts

We have heard the reservations around hiring temp workers. There are misconceptions that temporary staff are low-skilled, or unengaged workers, but that simply isn’t the case. As well as all the benefits we’ve listed already, temporary staff can bring new energy and new perspectives to your team. Who knows, you might find yourself your next permanent hire!

And we’re here to help. Our specialist Business Support team are constantly in contact with highly qualified candidates who are open to temporary work. If you have a vacancy you need to fill quickly, call our expert team today on 07702 910273.

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