Finding temporary employees is an ongoing challenge for businesses within the public and private sector.
Despite it being for a short amount of time, finding candidates who can quickly understand the job - and do it well - is crucial. It’s also important that you can trust that candidate will complete the contract and not leave should another or permanent position come along.
Short term hires, usually between 3-12 months, can be drafted in to cover business needs, typically periods of fast growth or seasonality, or to cover maternity and sickness.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the sickness absence rates for workers within the public sector was 2.7% and the private sector 1.6% in 2020. Sickness can range from minor illnesses to mental health conditions which are becoming more prevalent than ever before.
Maternity/paternity leave is one of the biggest reasons for businesses to require temporary staff. With over 600,000 babies born in the UK in 2020, this equates to thousands of professionals taking time off work to spend time with their new bundles of joy. Maternity leave can range from the mandatory 2 weeks to the statutory 52 weeks.
For private and public sector businesses who are searching for temporary but skilled professionals, where can you find the best temporary staff and what should you be looking for?
To source the best temporary staff, you should look for a recruitment agency which specialises in your industry. For example, Spencer Clarke Group specialises in temporary recruitment for a number of disciplines including Education & SEND, Accountancy & Finance and Health & Social Care. An agency with specialist knowledge will perfectly understand what you’re looking for and be able to advise on the best course of action.
A decent recruitment agency will have an extensive pool of talent who are specifically looking for short contract work. This is particularly useful when a hire is needed at short notice such as covering an unexpected illness.
Some professionals prefer to only take short term placements and will register with a specialist agency accordingly. By tapping into this network of talent, you can rest easy in the knowledge that the candidate's expectations have been met and that they will see the contract through.
You should look for a recruitment agency which takes the time to listen and understand your business needs in the initial briefing. This is one of the most important things to consider when sourcing an agency. If the agency doesn’t understand or recognise what you’re looking for, they won’t be able to deliver the perfect candidates to you.
It is fairly common for an employer to love a temporary employee so much that they have gone on to recruit them on a full time basis. You should look for an agency which can boast such claims as it goes to show that they truly listen to their clients needs and can deliver exactly what they’re looking for.
To discover more about the Temporary & Interim service which Spencer Clarke Group can offer, visit here now.
Alternatively, give us a call on 01772 954200. Our Consultants will be able to explain more about this service, listen to your individual needs and advise whether this is the right solution for your requirements.