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Temporary Versus Permanent Work – Which Is the Right Option for You?

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by Emily Wise

4 months ago

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Need a change from your current permanent role but not quite sure where you want to go?

Temping can be a great way to diversify your skills without being locked down in a role you might regret. In saying that, a lot of our job seekers are nervous about jumping into temping after only working in permanent roles before – so what’s the deal?

It’s well known that undertaking a temporary role means that you will have an end date and the assignment is not guaranteed to be ongoing. However, depending on the needs of the business, their budget and how well you fit the organisation, it is a possibility that your assignment will be extended. Some businesses use a temporary assignment as more of a trial to see ‘if the shoe fits’ and may then offer an extension or permanent position. This is also an opportunity for you to have a test run with the organisation to see if they meet your requirements and if it is the right fit for you before making any big commitments.

As a temp, you generally won’t be entitled to sick leave or annual leave so won’t be paid for any days off, but this is counterbalanced by a higher hourly or daily rates which means you are rewarded for the hours you put in.

Being in the same role for an extended period of time can become repetitive, lacking new challenges and learning experiences. Moving from one temp role to another, gives you the opportunity to try new things and be constantly challenged, increasing your adaptability. It allows you to up-skill within a short space of time, learn new computer systems and be exposed to a range of industries, which will in turn makes you an ‘in demand’ job seeker in the job market.

Temporary work is also a great way to fill in any gaps in employment and earn money whilst you search for your next permanent role. You will meet lots of new people at each position, which could lead to further opportunities and helps you to build a network of contacts. It is generally a faster process than permanent recruitment, as businesses hiring temporary staff tend to do so because they need to fill a gap, urgently. If an employee has taken on leave or they are in the midst of a busy period, they need to source temp talent, fast. If a hiring manager is hiring a permanent position, they are often waiting for a previous staff member to work their notice period or are planning for the future business needs, meaning it will be a much slower process. Applying for temporary positions is generally very fast-moving, so you will be in your next role sooner than you thought.

Temporary and permanent positions suit different people for different reasons. When you are looking for your next role, I challenge you to consider the benefits of both options before making a  decision. Take a look at all your options and consider which role is truly right for you.

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