The Key guide to becoming a successful temporary worker
What is temping?
'Temping’ or Temporary Work is when a candidate is assigned to work with a client company for a non fixed period of time. Key Personnel work with many, many local, national and internal companies, organisations and authorities and these businesses utilise temporary staff to assist with planned or unplanned absence, workload increase, gaps in staffing numbers, projects and as an ongoing strategic and contingent complimentary workforce.
Temporary work is a great way for candidates to work in a wide variety of companies and situations presenting you the opportunity to broaden your skills and experiences. There are a growing number of people who actually work in full time temporary jobs rather than take a permanent position.
Additional Benefits of Temporary Jobs
- More control over your working life - you can choose when and if you would like to work and long or short term contracts are available
- A good opportunity to develop new skills and gain a wealth of invaluable experience in different industries
- Getting a foot in the door at a specific company until a permanent job is available with them
- Proving your suitability and compatibility for a particular role. Temporary to permanent positions are a popular method of long term assessment for employers
- Provides exposure to different sectors, cultures and business operations and management styles enabling you to broaden your skills
- Competitive Rates of Pay
- Paid Annual Leave (PAL) (effectively Holidays)
Temporary assignment pay and paid annual leave (PAL)
All temporary jobs are paid a week in hand, which means that you will be paid the following week for the hours that you worked in that particular week. Before accepting a temporary assignment, your Key Personnel Temporary Consultant will have agreed with you the hourly rate of pay.
In order to be paid, each week you will be required to download a Key Personnel Timesheet and enter the hours that you work. These hours must be authorised by your line manager or authorised representative at the place of work. Again, your Key Personnel Temporary Consultant will advise who this person is prior to starting your temporary job.
The signed timesheet must be received by your local office by 9.30am on the Monday following the previous week and it is your responsibility to submit your timesheet on time. Key Personnel then process your hours and you will be paid by the Friday. In order to be paid correctly, you must submit an up to date P45 or complete a P46 and Key Personnel will deduct from your pay the required Tax and National Insurance Contributions.
Under the Working Time Directive, the regulations state that you are entitled to 5.6 weeks paid annual leave in a given leave year. The exact amount of pay you are entitled to is based upon an average of a specific period of time and Key Personnel’s Consultants will discuss this is full when you commence your first assignment. You must take your Paid Annual Leave in your leave year and Key Personnel’s leave year starts the day that your first temporary assignment commences. This entitlement includes Bank Holidays. Please note that you must take the time off to receive your accrued holiday entitlement.
There are specific guidelines around taking your Paid Annual Leave and your consultant will be happy to help clarify any queries.
Please note that temporary work does not mean that you are employed by the client or Key Personnel but you are assigned and engaged on a contract for services.
If you have any questions or queries about your pay or terms of assignment, please do not hesitate to contact your local Key Personnel office.
Who is eligible to work in the UK on a temporary basis
It is UK law that you must have the right to work in the UK and there are a number of laws and eligibility criteria that must be met. British nationals and nationals from the European Economic Area have the right to work in the UK but must still prove their identity when registering with a recruitment business.
Other nationals will have the right to work subject to the necessary Visa and approvals. If you have any questions or queries about your right to work in the UK then we suggest that you first visit the Home Office UK Borders website.
Availability to work
Once you have registered with Key Personnel for temporary work it is very important that you keep your local Key Personnel Consultant up to date with regard to your availability. Temporary assignments can vary in terms of duration and our teams will work very hard on your behalf to find the right temporary job for you.
A few simple tips for a successful and enjoyable temporary assignment
- Be prepared for your first day. Your Key Personnel Consultant will fully brief you on the temporary job, the company, who you report to and the job details and objectives. It is important that you prepare for your first day in advance, arrive in plenty of time and dress to impress – smart business attire for office locations and appropriate work clothing for non office locations.
- Listen and make notes when being trained on the client’s systems, telephones etc and ask questions if you are unsure of anything.
- It is important that you follow the client’s policies and procedures as shown and always adhere to Health & Safety guidelines.
- If you cannot make it to work, you must call your local office the night before and / or by 8.30am (or sooner if advised) on the day of your absence.