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Temporary work is an essential part of the UK jobs market, providing a vital element between a linear career route environment of either self-employment or permanent positions. As recruiters, opportunities for progression are always one of our main focusses for candidates, whatever the guise, therefore we are passionate about the opportunities that temporary roles can offer.

With UK temporary jobs on the rise, at Grafton Banks Finance, rather than deem this an unnerving trend, we believe it’s time to counteract the misconceptions of contracting with the benefits for professionals in the UK jobs market.

The climate for temporary workers is heating up

As a temporary worker, after a period of time, you’ll benefit from the same employment rights as your permanent peers; you will sit alongside individuals working on the same projects, but with the additional freedom of being able to move on to another job once the current one is finished.

It’s often perceived that financially you wouldn’t be in a strong position, but the money can be great. While the work is less consistent than you’ll find for a fixed position, companies tend to allocate more pay when recruiting temporary employees in order to attract the best talent from an ever-widening pool of temporary workers.

Temporary work removes the fear that often binds employees to jobs that no longer inspire them. Short-term roles provide candidates, at all skill levels, the variety they often crave in the workplace, as well as the perks of employment, like paid holiday, use of workplace facilities and sick pay – after a 12 week period in the position.

What’s more, technological advancements in the workplace, such as cloud-based software that enables remote working from anywhere in the world, is enabling temporary workers to achieve so much more within a narrower contract window. Improved productivity and efficiency stem from accessible software applications for any budget which enable greater team collaboration and inclusivity for remote workers.

The value of employing temporary staff

Surrounding yourself with different industry teams across the year, with unique styles of working and disciplines, is a sure way to fast-track skills progression and hone your transferable skills. In the accountancy industry, our area of expertise, this is becoming particularly prevalent as new recruits are expected to have a flexible range of skills needed to navigate through major industry change.

Digital communications are changing the way companies do business across every sector. Technology is enabling small and medium-sized businesses to compete with large corporations and conglomerates. Temporary workers provide the experience that businesses need to acclimatise to today’s modern solutions and consumer demands.

Adaptability is fast becoming a prerequisite for today’s workers as we enter 2017. The temporary recruitment sector supplies businesses with the immediate expertise they need to bridge skills shortages.

Cultivating a career that works for you

Being able to carve a career path that creates the work-life balance you want, while still being able to progress, is attractive but it is also seen as a major risk, particularly if you have dependents that are reliant upon a regular income. We’ve mentioned that temporary workers often benefit from higher salaries, but there are also extended benefits of taking that risk and getting your name known in the interim market. Because temporary workers are now so attractive in the UK labour market, if you successfully complete an assignment or deliver a project effectively, you are often called back for new or different roles at the same company, and if the job is done well, contracting can often lead to a permanent employment offer.

If you’re thinking about taking the leap to a temporary position, there isn’t a better time to make the move – good luck!

By Alex Gregory, managing director at Grafton Banks Finance