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How Does a Temp Agency Work?

How Does a Temp Agency Work?
Whether you are a business seeking to fill a temporary opening or an individual looking for your next position, working with a temp agency can address your goals. Let’s walk through how one works and what you can expect from your experience.

Temp Agencies and Businesses: Placing Qualified Short-Term Employees

Short-term needs occur often in business, caused by employees on sick or maternity leave, unexpected departures, seasonal workloads or uncertainty filling a role long-term.
Partnering with a temp agency opens your business to a vetted pipeline of potential employees who are matched to your positions by skills and how well they fit in with your company culture.
You’ll have complete control over the process, defining who you’re looking for and what you can offer in return. If it’s a match made in heaven and a longer-term need exists, you can work through the process of turning your temp into a permanent hire.

Temp Agencies and Employees: Providing Options to Fill Employment Needs

As a potential temporary employee, you may be seeking shorter-term gigs for a variety of reasons, including:
• Testing the waters in a new area
• Having a short time to fill between longer-term plans
• Wanting to find a foot-in-the-door opportunity to permanent employment
Our options can cover you regardless of your personal situation. We’ll interview you and provide specialized testing to determine the skills you have to offer to employers, how your personality meshes with a variety of business environments and what availability you can provide.
You can work temp positions that fit your schedule and career goals, and you're never obligated to accept an assignment that doesn't work well for you.

Agencies and Financials: Who Pays and Provides for Which Costs

In a typical temporary hire contract, the temp agency charges the business for the cost of the temporary employee’s salary plus an additional percentage to cover management of the temporary contract. From that fee, employees at the agencies derive their own salary for providing recruiting and management services to the company. Additional expenses might also be covered, including providing time off for employees, benefits or additional ancillary costs like relocation.
Temporary employees typically are not on the hook for costs owed to their agencies, although they may have to pay for the cost of having a background check and fingerprinting performed. They are often considered contract workers, so while some additional costs towards benefits may be deducted from their paychecks, they may need to cover their own taxes.
If a business and its temp worker desire to form a longer-term relationship through a temp-to-hire deal, the business will be assessed a fee by the agency — sometimes up to a quarter of the worker’s yearly salary. While this can seem like a steep cost, it’s akin to a finder’s fee or recruiting fee a business might ordinarily pay to an outside recruiter or head hunter. Temporary employees typically bear none of this cost.

When Assignments or Assigned Employees Change

As a temporary employee, it’s possible that you’ll cycle through various assignments. Some temp openings last only a few days while others may last several months. Your recruiter will work with you to set realistic expectations.
Likewise, on the business side, a temporary employee may become unavailable during an assignment. You may also experience a personnel change when you deem that an assigned temp is not the best fit. The key to temporary employees is flexibility — and we’ll work with you to ensure all matches are the best possible.
When you’re ready to get started filling a vacancy or pursuing an opening, contact us at 866-412-6535 to get acquainted with our team.


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