The ultimate guide to temp to perm jobs

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Hiring temp to perm employees is becoming an increasingly common practice for companies looking for immediate support in their day-to-day roles. In fact, Tiger’s 2019 Salary Review revealed that the volume of temp-to-perm placements increased by 42% from 2017 to 2018, meaning there is plenty of demand for candidates who have both short- and long-term availability.

Have you ever applied for a temp to perm job in London? If not, why not? With plenty of benefits, it may be worth considering as part of your job hunt!

What does temp to perm mean?

Temp to perm means starting a job as a temporary worker and then moving into a permanent role, usually within 3-6 months of joining a business. Think of it as a probation, without the waiting around – you can start working immediately, while getting a feel for the business, your role and the people you work with.

How does temp to perm work?

A temp to perm placement can happen in two ways. The first is when you are hired on a temporary contract, usually a month or longer, and then during your contract, your employer decides to offer you a permanent role. Your consultant can often advise you during the recruitment process whether this is a feasible option, but there is no obligation on your part to accept the permanent job offer.

Alternatively, many employers will advertise a role as temp to perm. This means you are accepting the contract with full intention to go permanent. Of course, should the role not be what you’re after, or the company not be the right fit, you are within your rights to leave – this is where the temporary part comes in!

During the temporary working period, you will be paid weekly by Tiger or your staffing agency. When you move into a permanent capacity, you will join the payroll of your employer, possibly shifting to a monthly pay cycle. The temporary working period also leaves time for your new employer to complete any compliance measures.

It depends on each role, but a temp to perm job will usually become permanent within the first 3-6 months. Most employers will be able to give you a timeframe during the hiring process.

Why do companies hire temp to perm?

There are plenty of benefits of hiring temp to perm candidates. It allows both parties to ‘try before they buy’ before making a formal offer. For a business, this means seeing how the employee works within the team, how they handle the role and how they fit into the company. It also means that a candidate can start while compliance measures are carried out.

Equally, taking on a temp to perm admin job in London offers the employee a chance to try out the role and company, ensuring that it’s somewhere they want to commit to permanently. It’s also a great way to get your foot in the door of a business.

Is temp to perm a good idea?

It completely depends on your circumstance! If you are looking for a permanent role, but struggling to find the right thing, taking on a temp to perm job in London is a great way to break into the business and provides opportunities to progress. That said, if you are temping around other responsibilities, or don’t want to commit long term, it may not be the right fit for you.

If you are looking for a temp to perm job, the temporary team at Tiger can help! Get in touch today.

Author Emily Tiger Recruitment Team

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