Where Can I Find the Best Temporary Staff?

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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.

Who is Spencer Clarke Group? 

Since 2017, we've been changing the face of recruitment. From our employees, to the way we do business, to the culture within our office, we're determined to make a difference and create a positive impact on everyone around us.

Recruitment to us isn't just about matching candidates and clients; we’re passionate about finding candidates the perfect job which has the ability to boost their salary and standard of living, better their work life balance and improve their mental health. 

Similarly, we understand the impact which an experienced and skilled employee can make to a business and we love seeing clients thrive through the hard work of candidates which we have placed with them. 

We operate in two sectors:

Private Sector

Public Sector 

In eleven specialisms:

Accountancy & Finance

Education & SEND

Construction, Trades & Labour

Healthcare, Social Care & Nursing


Corporate Functions & Business Support

HR & Workforce Development

IT & Digital

Property & Asset Management  

Planning, Development & Regeneration 

Highways, Infrastructure & Engineering

If you’re searching for a new role, why not visit our job page to take a look at the latest opportunities? Alternatively, upload your CV and one of our experienced consultants will contact you when a relevant opportunity becomes available. 

If you’re struggling to fill a role, why don’t you give us a call on 01772 954200 to see how we can help? One of our consultants will be happy to listen to the challenges which you are facing and advise on the best possible solution for you.

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