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Hiring Effective Temporary Staff

14.02.20 · Industry News

Temporary workers or ‘temps’ make up a big part of the UK workforce. It is estimated there are about one and a half million temporary workers in the UK. This is great, as it means there is a wide range of skilled workers who can help with the needs of your business.

You may not have considered using temporary staffing solutions before or are unsure of the benefits.  Below, we break down some of the reasons you might consider hiring temps and the advantages temporary workers can bring to your workforce:



With the popularity and staying power of flexible work arrangements, employers need to stay current with the needs of today’s work force. Hiring temps is just one of the ways that businesses can offer flexibility to staff and at the same time better meet their own needs.  For example, you may have an excellent member of staff who needs to reduce their hours for personal reasons or take maternity/paternity leave or perhaps they just want to take a career break and go travelling. You don’t want to lose this member of staff, but you also can’t afford to be without someone doing their job while they are away. A simple solution to this is to bring in a temp to job share or to completely take over the role for their period of absence.


Reduce costs

The cost of hiring temporary workers is often cheaper than the cost of hiring permanent employees with permanent full-time contracts along with all the benefits. Normally, the recruitment agency who supplies the temporary staff to your business will manage a lot of the admin jobs such as payroll, holidays, claiming for expenses etc. This means that even though you may pay a slightly higher hourly rate for the temp, it is generally more cost-efficient in the short term to hire a temp than a permanent member of staff.


Try before you buy

Bringing on a new member of staff can be a difficult decision. Even with a thorough hiring process it is hard to know how personalities will work together in a team and if someone will truly be a good fit for your business. It is also not always known if there is sufficient workload to warrant another full-time member of staff.

By starting out with a temporary worker you can establish whether the individual could be a good, permanent addition to a team, review whether the resource is actually needed and generally reduce hiring mistakes. 


Scale up and down by project

It may be the case that you are a small company or division that has just won a contract for a big job, and only need to bring on specific skills sets to complete this single project.  Hiring temporary workers allows you to develop your team to size that can manage the new workload, but then scale back to your core team once the job is successfully completed.


Boost moral

If your team are struggling and pulling longer shifts, working nights and weekends at home and generally stressed out by the workload they have to manage, then brining on some temporary support is going to be a welcome relief to your current workforce.  A happy and well rested workforce is a more productive workforce and they are also more likely to stick around and not look for jobs at other companies.

All in all, temporary workers can be a huge benefit to organisations by bringing flexibility, expertise, the potential to become permanent members of staff and the high levels of engagement that only a new start wanting to prove themselves can bring!


If you’re interested in finding out more about how temporary workers could help support your business, please contact our Senior Recruiter Katie who is a specialist at providing temporary staffing solutions to business of all sizes. Call 028 9031 3720 or email katie@vickerstock.co.uk.

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