Temporary work

Temporary Work – Guidelines & Benefits

If you're new to temping or would like more information about the benefits of temporary work, you've come to the right place.


What is temporary work?

Temporary work or temping is based on a non-fixed term basis but can last for any length of time, from a single day's work to months in duration. Salary is usually paid on a weekly basis and is based on an hourly rate, meaning you don't have to wait a month to get paid. It can be full time or part time hours, giving you control over when and how you work.

Employers recruit temporary workers for a number of reasons. It could be to boost productivity at busy times, to cover staff absence or leave (such as maternity leave), for particular projects, to fill gaps in expertise or to analyse employee performance with the potential of permanent employment afterwards.

As well as offering flexibility, temporary work is a great way for you to learn new skills, experience new industries and meet new people.


What is contracting?

Like temporary work, contracting is another alternative to permanent work, the difference being that contractors are usually employed on a fixed term basis and are paid daily or weekly. Contracting is especially popular in the IT industry, where specific skills are required for the delivery of projects. Like temporary work, contracting offers flexibility and the opportunity to develop new skills.


What is interim work?

Interim work refers to temporary employment for senior professionals. These assignments are often short term but require specialist skills as well as the ability to identify and solve difficult problems. As well as enjoying the flexibility of non-permanent work, interim roles can be particularly well paid, sometimes paying significantly higher salaries than equivalent permanent positions.


Why become a temporary worker?

  • Temporary work offers a realistic alternative to permanent work and has a great many benefits.
  • Temporary work gives you more control over your working life and allows you to choose when you work, for whom and for how long.
  • Temporary work gives you the opportunity to meet new people and learn about new industries, management styles and work cultures.
  • Temporary roles can help you to try new things and decide what you like and dislike, and to define your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Temporary work gives you the chance to gain experience, providing an opportunity to develop new skills and enhance your CV.
  • If you're thinking about a change of direction or industry, temporary work can help you find out about new sectors and decide what's right for you.
  • Temporary work is an ideal way to get your foot in the door of a company for whom you would like to work. It's easier to learn about a company, its culture and the opportunities that may exist there from an insider's point of view.
  • Temporary work is often used as a way for employers to assess a person's suitability for a role before offering them a permanent position.


Who can do temporary work?

All temporary workers 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. For details about working in the UK, including work permits, working holidays and useful contacts, please visit https://www.gov.uk/agency-workers-your-rights


Contract for Services

Once you begin work, you will be operating under a ‘contract for services’ with the relevant division of Marketplace Group. The terms of this contract will be sent to you with a letter or email confirming the assignment, the rate of pay and the relevant contact at the client organisation that you should report to.
Please familiarise yourself with the terms of the contract and remember that should you be unable to attend work for any reason, you should telephone your consultant in advance of your usual start time. 

Due to the nature and urgency of the temporary and contract market, it is of paramount importance that those undertaking assignments understand the need for reliability, punctuality and commitment as periods of absenteeism can often cause problems and jeopardise the continuation of the assignment. 


Rates of Pay

The rate of pay for each assignment will be agreed in advance with your consultant and will remain effective for the duration of the assignment; any overtime worked will be at the same rate unless otherwise agreed. 
Should the duties involved change significantly during the assignment and you feel a review of your pay rate would be appropriate, please contact your consultant to discuss the situation. Temporary pay is based on an hourly rate, the more hours you work, the more you get paid.


Getting Paid 

To ensure that you are paid correctly and on time for work carried out is it essential that you fully complete a timesheet for each week worked and that your direct line manager in the assignment signs it. Only correctly completed timesheets can be paid.

Timesheets must be faxed, emailed or posted to reach the payroll department (address on the top of each time sheet) by 10 a.m. Monday to prevent unnecessary delays in payment.

Correctly completed time sheets that are received on time will be paid via BACS on the Friday of the week following the week worked.

Timesheets and related documents posted to the payroll department should be clearly marked “Temporary Payroll”.


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 temporary worker. Make sure you ask your Recruitment Agency or employer about holiday, sick pay and maternity pay entitlements before you start work. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/agency-workers-your-rights


Tax and National Insurance

As a temporary worker, you will pay tax under the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) scheme.  Your consultant will give the relevant tax documentation for completion when you register. 


Presentation / Dress Code  

Whilst on assignment through Marketplace Group, it is expected that you will be suitably presented for work in line with the dress code and expectations of the organisation with which you are working.

Please conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times and try to keep interviews, personal calls and appointments to an absolute minimum during the working day. 


Personal Communication
Use of client’s equipment to browse the internet, send personal email or make personal calls is not permitted and unless otherwise asked, your mobile should be switched off during working hours.  

Code of Conduct
Please respect the code of conduct and regulations of whichever organisation you are assigned to ensuring that you maintain confidentiality at all times.   

If you are unable to work the agreed hours for any reason or cannot go into work, please ensure that you advise your consultant in advance.   You can call 24 hours a day 7 days a week to ensure clear communication whatever your concerns.