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Benefits of Temping or Contracting

Career Tools / Benefits of Temping / Contracting


What is temping?

Temporary work non-fixed employment and can last from one day’s work to a month, it can be full or part time hours based on an hourly rate, payment is usually on a weekly basis.

Temping offers flexibility and the opportunity to learn new skills or experience new industries.

What is contracting?

Contracting is an alternative to permanent work usually on a fixed term basis, being paid daily or weekly. Contracting is popular for the delivery of projects requiring specific skills.

Like Temping contracting offers flexibility and the opportunity to learn new skills or experience new industries.

Reasons to Temp or Contract

  • Temping allows you to choose when you work, for whom and for how long, giving you more control over your working life.
  • Remember that temping is used by employers to assess a person's suitability for a role before offering them a permanent position.
  • Temp roles can help you to define your strengths and weaknesses, the opportunity to try new things and decide what you like and dislike.
  • Temping gives you the chance to enhance your CV and gain experience, providing an opportunity to develop new skills.
  • Temping gives you the opportunity to experience new management styles and work cultures, and learn about new industries.
  • If you're thinking about a change of direction or industry, temping can help you find out about new sectors and decide what's right for you.
  • Temping is an ideal entrance into a company for whom you would like to work. It's easier to learn about a company from an insider's point of view.

Who can temp?

All temps in the UK must have the right to work here. British nationals and nationals from the European Economic Area have the right to work in the UK.

Pay and benefits?

Employers recognise the value of temps, so there is often high demand. Temps may be paid more than an equivalent permanent employee and because temporary pay is based on an hourly rate, the more hours you work, the more you get paid.

Under the Working Time Regulations, temporary workers are entitled to a minimum of 5.6 weeks paid annual leave. There are also conditional entitlements to sick pay when you're a temp. Make sure you ask your temp agency or employer about holiday, sick pay and maternity pay entitlements before you start work.

Tax and National Insurance

As a temp, you're taxable under the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) scheme. Some contractors, particularly in IT, choose to work through a limited company or an umbrella company. IR 35 legislation affects many contractors, therefore, we would recommend you seek professional advice.