The Pros and Cons of Working With a Temp Agency

Temp are the middleman between temporary workers and their client companies. They find employment opportunities for workers and assign them to a number of clients based on labour needs. The agency has the legal responsibility to pay wages and it records and keeps work hours for assignment employees, although it is the user company that pays for health insurance.

Staffing agencies like Robert Half specialise in marketing, creative, accounting and customer support roles and offer on-the-job trials for shortlisted candidates. Indeed rating: 3.8. Kelly Services specialises in professional, industrial and office roles. It also provides on-the-job training for its temp candidates before deciding whether to hire them or not.

Its clients include Microsoft, Google and Dell. Indeed rating: 3.9.

Some of the pros of hiring temps are that they don’t need a lot of handholding and onboarding as it’s usually just a matter of familiarising them with the project they’ll be working on. They’re also flexible, and can be hired for a particular length of time or until the job is finished. And they’re cheaper than a full-time employee as the client company only has to pay for their wages, not additional benefits.

While some companies only use temp workers for a specific project, it’s common to convert them into permanent staff, especially if their skills are in high demand. Typically, the temporary worker will have an interview with the company’s human resources manager and if they agree to hire them, their temp agency will release them from their employment. This will need to be done before the contract ends or a new one can be initiated.