​Just last week it was revealed that the demand for temporary employees is rising at its fastest rate for 15 years. More and more businesses across the UK are opting to hire contract workers as opposed to permanent employees.

Just last week it was revealed that the demand for temporary employees is rising at its fastest rate for 15 years. With this trend predicted to continue for the next 30 months, more and more businesses across the UK are opting to hire contract workers as opposed to permanent employees.

What are the benefits of hiring temporary staff however? Below we have highlighted just a few of the reasons why this practice is advantageous to any company.

Easily adjustable to workload fluctuations

If your company tends to go through periods of highs and lows then temporary employees are perfect. Say for example you're incredibly busy in the months leading up to Christmas but then have a period of being very quiet in the New Year, you need the extra help to get you through the busy time but don't want to pay someone to sit there doing nothing until the next rush. Contract workers can help you for one week, a month, a couple months or even years depending on how long you think you'll need them for.

Cover absences

Whether someone is off with a long-term illness, is going on maternity leave, taking a sabbatical or the summer months are hard to get through with everyone going off on their holidays, temporary workers can be brought in at very short notice to cover these absences.

Can hire temp to perm

Companies who have previously struggled to find the right people often prefer to hire on a temp to permanent basis. This enables you to assess whether someone is the right fit for the role and the company without making a long-term commitment.

Less responsibility

When you hire temporary staff through a recruitment agency, they are technically classed as the agency's employee. This means that the agency is responsible for recruiting, screening, testing and hiring workers. Furthermore, they also take on the burden of payroll expenses, paperwork, taxes and any benefits they wish to provide. This can prove to be hugely cost and time effective.

Leads to long-term relationships with recruitment agencies

There are plenty of companies out there who recruit on a regular basis – whether this is for permanent or temporary staff. Once they have built up a great relationship with a recruitment agency they know they can rely on, recruiting temporary staff becomes an incredibly easy process. Your agency will know exactly the kind of person you are looking for and who would and wouldn't work well in your business. This can save valuable time and money when recruiting and most importantly, you can ensure that any urgent roles are filled promptly.

If you would like more information about the benefits of hiring temporary employees or need help with any aspect of your recruitment process, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be more than happy to help.