For many of us, it’s a confusing time in our careers. The COVID-19 Pandemic has changed so much of the world we live and work in. For example:
- Today, there are more than one billion freelancers in the world.
- Remote work has exploded, with more than 16% of global companies offering telecommuting as their only option.
- American workers are no longer willing to put up with poor pay or working conditions; In November 2021, 4.53 million Americans quit their jobs.
- Average hourly wages in the U.S. climbed to the highest we’ve seen, at $26.92.
One statistic that has dominated the work world has been the rise of temporary staffing. Fueled by workers who want more control over when and where they work, temping is no longer just to fill gaps in full-time employment, but a goal unto itself. What is temp work and how does it work?
What is a Temporary Job?
Temporary jobs are short-term defined employment with a company. These roles fill the demand for talent when that demand is fluctuating. For example, seasonal workers might be hired for temp jobs during the holidays. Companies with short-term IT projects may bring in outside expertise. There are temp workers that do your taxes in April. Temp jobs are different from part-time jobs in that a part-time job could be a permanent position where the employee works anything less than full-time. Unlike a temp job, there’s no defined end date.
Temp jobs are typically filled by staffing firms. Sometimes known as temporary employment agencies, these placement firms match an employer’s need with temp talent. These agencies handle sourcing, screening, and hiring. They also may often offer benefits to the temp worker, since they won’t qualify for the same benefits as a typical full-time worker.
When you’re considering flexible work options, you may think first about freelancing, but temping is increasingly a lucrative and viable field. You can find temp work in almost any field. But how does temping work?
How Do Temp Jobs Work?
Temporary jobs are contract positions to work in a job for a specific period. In some cases, temp work can become permanent—that is, if you want it to. Some temp jobs can go on for years because the employer keeps extending the contract. Temp jobs can be perfect if you are:
- Trying to explore different workplace environments. Temping is a great way to continually explore new positions without ever looking like you’re jumping jobs.
- Good intros into new career paths. You may have worked in the insurance industry for years, but you’d like to try healthcare, for example.
- Perfect for new graduates that need career experience quickly. Younger job seekers trying to break into their field may find more opportunities by taking a temporary job.
If you’re considering temp work, talk to Premier Talent Partners. We know that this is a lucrative segment for workers seeking great pay and the flexibility of something other than a traditional full-time job. Contact us to find out more.