Non-permanent staff are an invaluable part of the personnel mix for many businesses, especially during busy periods and for organisations who depend on seasonal workers. But which type of non-permanent staff is right for your business?
In this post, we explore the different options available to businesses in the UK, examining what they are, and the kind of roles they are right for.
So what are the differences between temporary, contract and interim staff?
Temporary workers, or ‘Temps’ as they are colloquially known, are often (though not always) employed through an agency rather than by the company direct. They are paid by the hour and do not usually enjoy the same benefits as permanent employees. Although temps are often employed in lower paid positions, it is possible to hire temps up to and including management positions.
Temporary workers can be really useful for covering a range of work requirements, from short term sickness and seasonal work, to fixed-term projects. The advantage with temporary workers is you can hire a temp for any time period – if you need to extend, you can discuss with your Labour Provider or, if they work out well you can discuss transferring them onto a permanent contract for an agreed fee, to make them a full-time employee.
Temps enjoy a level of flexibility and convenience other workers don’t – they can start and stop tempting whenever they choose.
Employing temporary workers is often the first step back to work for those re-entering employment, and many temps take on roles with the hope they will be offered a permanent position.
Contract workers, or contractors, are usually brought in for a specific project or to fill a specific role. Contractors tend to be professionals with niche experience or special skills that your business, team or project needs.
Contractors can be hired either for a fixed period or on a rolling contract basis. Whilst under contract, they often receive the same benefits as permanent members of staff.
Interim is a term usually reserved for management roles, such as a temporary manager, usually brought in to make an impact on a project, or as dependable, high-level cover when a member of key personnel in a leadership or management role leaves a position.
Generally, interim managers are highly skilled and/or experienced executives, who are brought in to manage a team or spearhead an important project. As a result, they tend to be highly paid.
At Prestige Recruitment, we are a recruitment agency who have an excellent track record in supporting businesses across a wide range of industries, providing permanent and non-permanent team members at every level.
Working with clients to create and deliver an effective recruitment strategy that meets your requirements exactly, we work tirelessly to ensure our clients’ recruitment needs are met in full, using the right blend of temporary, contract and interim personnel.
For additional information, please contact your local Prestige Recruitment office today.