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6 Reasons to be a Temp

7 Jun 2018
Ewan Anderson

Reasons to be a Temp

In January 2018 the IHS Markit/REC Report on jobs was released and provided a comprehensive guide to the UK jobs market. It revealed that by the end of 2017 there had been a phenomenal growth in demand for temporary workers within the private sector.

The data indicated a rise in temporary vacancies across all sectors, most noticeably in nursing/medical/care, followed by blue collar, and finally the accounting and finance sector. However, in terms of candidate availability, there has been a sharp decline, with the REC reporting the fastest decrease over the last two years.

There are many misconceptions and myths surrounding temporary work which can cause individuals to be discouraged and choose not to pursue temp roles. However, temporary work opens many doors and can provide numerous benefits and opportunities, ranging from the flexibility it offers to the variety of experience one can gain from it.

Here are six reasons why temporary work can be good for your career:


Temping provides access to a plethora of networking opportunities. It allows the temps to engage with employees in different companies and gives them a chance to network with their co-workers’ connections as well. Building these new relationships can prove very useful in the long run as they can obtain references and referrals for future jobs.


Everything about temping resonates with flexible working. Since the duration of a temporary assignment is completely flexible (a few hours to a few weeks), the candidates have the autonomy to make a choice to take on work according to their convenience, fitting  it around childcare, holidays, studies and other commitments.


Although temporary workers are not directly employed by the organization they work for, by law they are entitled to the same rights and benefits as a permanent employee. This includes sick pay, holiday allowance and regular pay. They are also entitled to the same working conditions as permanent employees in the work place.

Opportunities for Permanent Employment

Temporary work provides candidates with a platform to showcase their potential to an employer and acts as a ‘foot in the door’. The candidates can improve their chances of securing a permanent role by showing how they can make a positive impact on the business through their work. If the role does become permanent, it makes the onboarding process easier for both the candidate and the employer as the candidate is already familiar with the role and the environment.

Building Confidence

Contract and temporary roles provide the candidates with the flexibility to steer their career in different directions; whether they are looking to gain experience, to change professions, or to broaden their skill set through a rich and varied employment type.

Whether you are a new graduate or returning to work after a career break, starting a new job can be overwhelming. Temping can prove to be the ideal arrangement in such situations as it helps the candidate to ease into a professional working environment and builds their confidence, thus preparing them for the challenges which accompany the role.

Continuous Assistance of Consultant

The added advantage of taking up temporary work is that candidates have a consultant to work on their behalf on the applications and to find a role which would be the right fit for them. The consultant also exposes them to a variety of vacancies which they may have not been aware of or thought they would be suitable for, thus expanding their reach in terms of job applications.


Here at Eden Scott, our team of sector specialists is genuinely passionate about what they do and is committed to going above and beyond your expectations, creating strong and lasting relationships and connecting you with inspirational and successful organisations.

Our friendly and dedicated consultants will take the time to understand your requirements and communicate with you throughout the entire recruitment process.

Get started by browsing our latest contract and temporary jobs.


Ewan Anderson
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