Should You Be Afraid of Temporary Jobs?

Should You Be Afraid of Temporary Jobs?

Temporary jobs

1,650,000 people in the UK were employed on a temporary contract as of the end of 2012. Inevitably, they carry less job security than permanent positions, with employers able to terminate the employment of temporary workers at the end of their contracts, without the need to make any redundancy payment or similar. However, many people have come to see the benefits of working in this way.

Temporary employment can involve signing a fixed term contract of employment with the company you will work for, or it can involve remaining on the books of a recruitment agency while you undertake various short-term positions.

Firstly, a temporary role may be attractive because you may only want employment for part of the year anyway, perhaps because you don’t want to work during school holidays. A temp job is also more likely to allow you to exercise flexibility over your working hours.

Temporary employment, obtained via an agency, is often available at very short notice, and you may not even need to attend an interview at the company you will be placed with.

Some companies only hire external staff on temporary contracts, so this may be the only way to work for a company you are attracted by.

Temporary employment can also be used as a ‘stop gap’ if you lose your job and are unable to secure another permanent position immediately.

If you impress while working under a temporary contract, your employer is likely to think very carefully about whether it wants to lose you. It may decide to make your temporary position permanent, or to offer you a different role on a permanent basis.

As a temporary worker, whether employed by the company or by an agency, you still enjoy a number of employment rights. The company cannot discriminate against you by restricting your access to facilities such as car parking or the company canteen just because you are a temp.

After 12 weeks you have a legal entitlement to receive the same pay as a permanent colleague performing the same role; a right to be enrolled into a company pension scheme, provided you meet the other eligibility criteria; and the right to paid annual leave.

So while it may be too much of a risk to leave a permanent role for a temporary role, temping certainly has its advantages.

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