Benchmark Career Advice, advice-centre
Trust us when we say when we say 'It's better to be in a job looking, than to be out of work' - you may think that it's easier said than done - well, temp work is a great solution!
We encourage our candidates who are not currently in employment and seeking work to consider taking a temp role, as believe us when we tell you this will stand you in good stead for future jobs.
Temp positions come up more often than you realise, and often we're after a quick turn around - so, if you're on our books as a temp worker you could be in employment before you know it.
The benefits of becoming a temp are plain to see - let us break it down, here are five reasons why temping is a great career move.
1. Keep Relevant
2. Strong Work Ethic
Demonstrating to potential employers that you have a strong work ethic is important. Temp work will show you're not just sitting on your laurels waiting for work to come to you, but you're being proactive in your search for work.
3. Keep Control
With temping you stay in control and dictate the pace around your personal circumstances. Whether it's career breaks you're looking for, or finding suitable hours to fit your lifestyle, there is more flexibility
4. New Skills
Taking yourself slightly out of your comfort zone and working in sectors you've not considered before can open your eyes to new possibilities as well as broadening your skill set. You will find your CV looking far more attractive to future employers, plus you get to test out companies and roles to see what they are about.
5. Temp to Perm
There is even the possibility that temp work can lead to permanent. For example, with a strong network of clients we often encourage companies to take a temp when they have an opening on a 'try before you buy' basis. When we believe in a candidate this acts as a great foot in the door and you never know what it can lead to.
The Small Print
As a temporary worker you are employed by the recruiter so are classed as a legally employed worker on a client assignment and can be taken on for short, medium or long term contracts. You are paid weekly and entitled to 20 days holiday plus statutory holidays.
Hand in hand with this you have similar rights to permanent workers after 12 weeks qualifying period. Agency Workers Regulations mean that you are paid in line with permanent workers performing a similar role to you and you may be entitled to other benefits too!