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What is Temporary Recruitment?​

Temporary recruitment, also known as temporary staffing or contingent staffing, refers to the process of hiring employees for a specific period or project-based work. Temporary workers, also called temps or contract workers, are engaged by an organisation to fulfill short-term staffing needs.

Temporary recruitment involves partnering with agencies that specialise in connecting employers with temporary workers. These agencies typically maintain a pool of pre-screened and qualified candidates who are available for temporary assignments across various industries and job roles.

What does the process of temporary recruitment involve?

The process typically involves the following steps:

Identifying staffing needs: The employer assesses their workforce requirements and determines the need for temporary workers. This could be due to seasonal demands, special projects, employee absences, or other temporary circumstances.

Engaging a staffing agency: The employer contacts a staffing agency that specialises in temporary recruitment. They discuss their specific staffing needs, including the required skills, qualifications, and duration of the assignment.

Candidate selection: The staffing agency identifies suitable candidates from their pool of temporary workers or actively recruits new candidates based on the employer's requirements. They evaluate candidates' qualifications, experience, and availability.

Screening and onboarding: The staffing agency conducts interviews, reference checks, and background screenings to assess the candidates' suitability for the role. Once selected, the temporary workers may go through an onboarding process to familiarise themselves with the employer's policies, procedures, and workplace expectations.

Placement and assignment: The staffing agency assigns the selected temporary workers to the employer's organisation for the agreed-upon duration. The workers may be assigned to specific departments, projects, or roles based on the employer's needs.

Time and attendance tracking: The employer and staffing agency typically coordinates to track the temporary workers' time and attendance, ensuring accurate payment and adherence to the agreed-upon schedule.

Performance management: The employer oversees the temporary workers' performance and provides guidance or feedback as necessary. The staffing agency may also maintain communication with both the employer and the temporary workers to address any issues or concerns that may arise during the assignment.

Assignment completion and termination: Once the temporary assignment is completed or the agreed-upon duration has elapsed, the staffing agency concludes the engagement. The temporary workers may be reassigned to other organizations or remain available for future temporary assignments.

Temporary recruitment offers flexibility for employers, allowing them to scale their workforce as needed and access specific skills without the long-term commitment of hiring permanent employees. For temporary workers, it provides employment opportunities, experience, and exposure to different industries and organisations.

If you’re looking to recruit talent on a temporary basis, deverellsmith supports across a variety of sectors including New Homes, Build to Rent, Later Living and Development and Construction across a multitude of disciplines including sales, business support and site staff.

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