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How To Hire Temporary Staff

All businesses will have a need for short-term or project staff from time to time, but your business may have been forced to muddle through because you don’t know how to hire temporary employees.

This is where a leading temp recruitment agency comes in!

In this guide we’ll take you through the whole process of how to hire temporary staff, from identifying whether you need temp support, to the consultation, hiring, and payment of temp staff.

Identify business needs

It’s best practice for all businesses to constantly assess their changing needs. Both internal and external forces can create new, unforeseen gaps in the capacity of your workforce. Reasons for requiring temporary staff could be:

You should have a clear idea of what the need is before approaching a recruitment company for temporary staff.

Outline the job role

Temp staff will often be working on similar tasks to permanent staff , so you may think the job specification will be the same. However, it’s important to draw up a new job specification to detail the temporary role, as there will always be some key differences in what is expected of them. It’s also worth noting that there’s a difference between a job ad and a job description!

You can find out more about outlining the temp job role with our guide to creating an employment contract.

Identify the right candidate

By this point, you’ve approached a temp recruitment agency and spoken to a consultant about your needs. The next step is working with your consultant to build a picture of the perfect candidate for those needs – their work experience, achievements, skills, passions, and values.

A good recruiter will have a rigorous candidate registration process in place that establishes the answers to these questions, thereby closely matching employer to employee.

Create a Compelling Job Ad

If you want to attract the best candidates, it’s advisable to spend time on writing a job advert. Tiger’s consultants are experts at turning your job specification into a compelling ad that will catch the eye of talented candidates. We’ll work with you through the writing process to be sure you’re happy with the finished ad before we list it.

Use a Job Description Template

The job description will be key to defining the role requirements, and we have job description templates ready to go for many different roles. Whether you’re seeking staff for business support, private, or hospitality positions, these templates will take a lot of the leg work out of creating an attractive job description, and what’s more – they’re free!

Start Recruiting

Once we have a clear picture of the role and your ideal employee, and your job ad is live, we can start recruiting in earnest. Our skilled consultants will begin matchmaking based on your specifications, and bring you a shortlist of the best-suited candidates who have expressed an interest in the temp role.

Review Applications

Now it’s over to you. Our consultants will be on hand to answer any questions about the shortlist, and can source more candidates from our large pool of talent, should you need them. You can also find more tips on the review process in our blog on how to screen CVs.

Set up Interviews

When you’ve chosen the candidates you’d like to interview, we will help arrange the time and place. This could be in-person or virtually via phone or video call.

Hire Temporary Staff

Now that you’ve found a great new temp employee, all that’s left is to have them sign on the dotted line. You may have a contract of temporary employment written already but, if not, Tiger can take care of all contracts and payroll. This way, you can focus on welcoming your new member of staff to the team and getting to work.

Temporary Recruitment Agency

Tiger Recruitment are experts at recruiting exceptional staff for a wide range of roles and industries, from start-ups to SMEs and multinational corporations. Having recruited temps for employers of choice for over 20 years, we are well-equipped to help you find the right candidate for your business needs.

Now that you have a better understanding of how to hire temporary employees, don’t hesitate to get in touch and let us know exactly what you need.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I hire my local staff?

If you are looking for staff who live within a certain distance from a business’ office, you should specify this to the recruitment agency you are working with during the consultation process. We work with jobseekers across national and international locations, and can source you a local candidate to fit your needs.

Can you employ someone temporarily?

Any business can hire temporary staff – all that is needed is a contract of temporary employment. However, it is usually much easier for employers to work with a temporary recruitment agency who can find someone with the right skillset and experience quickly, and has the payroll process ready to go.

How do I hire casual labour?

Casual labour is another name for temporary or fixed-term employees. You can hire these workers through the same channels as temp staff, for example a recruitment agency like Tiger.

How long can I employ someone on a temporary contract

There is no limit to the amount of time a temporary employee can work for a company. Temporary roles can range from one day to upwards of a year.  After 12 weeks of continuous employment with the same employer, a temp employee is subject to Agency Worker Regulations, giving them the same rights as permanent employees.

However, fixed-term contracts in the UK have a limit of four years, after which the worker will automatically become a permanent employee, as per UK employment law, unless the business can show a legitimate reason that they should not become permanent.

How do I write a temporary contract of employment?

A temporary contract of employment must include the following details:

  • Name of employee and employer
  • Start and end date of employment
  • Job title
  • Job duties
  • Salary
  • Holiday entitlement
  • Sick pay entitlement
  • Benefits
  • Termination clause
  • Company policies

You should refer to a specialised contract lawyer before putting the contract into use, to be sure it is legally correct.

Author David Morel Tiger Recruitment Team

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