As a job seeker in today's marketplace temporary work offers you an alternative to a permanent position, allowing you to advance your career in a flexible way, suited to your personal circumstances.

Definition of temporary work

Different industries refer to temping in various ways; often it is also referred to as “working as consultant”. In general terms, a temporary worker is someone who is engaged by a company on a non-fixed term basis. The temporary worker's salary is usually calculated on an hourly or daily rate and is paid through the Michael Page payroll.

Some of the benefits of temp working include:

  • Flexibility
  • Exposure to different types of products and services offered
  • The ability to work in a variety of industries, or focus on your sector
  • Greater exposure to different types of management styles and clients
  • Opportunity to broaden or deepen your skill base
  • A possible transition into a permanent position

Reasons companies need temporary staff

Companies hire professionals on a temporary basis for many reasons including:

  • To cover illness, maternity leave or a sudden departure
  • To fill a temporary need for specific expertise
  • To manage, execute or assist in special projects
  • To handle a spike in work load (i.e. year-end reporting)
  • To vet candidates on the job for a possible perm positions

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