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Benefits of temporary assignments and contracts

Temporary workers and contractors are now an integral part of an organisation's workforce strategy.

Many people develop successful careers as professional interim workers and this presents many real advantages.

Skills development

Temporary assignments or contract roles offer you a broad depth of opportunities, experience and skills development. You can accept assignments that will broaden your expertise, expose you to new industries and diversify your skills and experience, which will make you a more attractive and employable candidate.

Build your network

During each assignment you’ll meet new professionals in your field. This allows you to build your professional network, which is invaluable when seeking future temporary or contract assignments and permanent roles.

Work/life balance

By working as a temp worker or professional contractor you select what assignments you take on to develop certain skillsets. You can also select assignments that suit your schedule, ultimately allowing you control over your work/life balance.

Strategic timing

Whether you are unsure of your future plans, or want to earn an income whilst deciding your next career move, temping can take away the need to make long-term decisions immediately.

Flexible hourly, daily or weekly rates

Working on a temporary or contract assignment means you will receive a fair rate in line with market conditions. There is always the flexibility to negotiate your rate according to your level of experience and other market factors. Talk to your recruiting expert who can advise on current market rates for specific roles.

Exposure to a variety of organisations and industries

Almost all employers use temporary workers or contractors in some capacity these days. The reasons for this include to cover periods of annual leave, workload peaks or to deliver specific projects. Hays has preferred supplier agreements in place with many organisations across a variety of industries offering you good exposure to build up your experience.

A foot in the door

Temporary assignments or contracts allow you to gain experience in new industries and business environments, as well as develop new skills and contacts. By getting your foot in the door of an organisation, and the opportunity to demonstrate your skills, assignments are very often extended or may lead to permanent employment. 

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