Temp-to-Hire: How Temporary Positions Can Become Permanent
Temporary and contract jobs are on the rise. According to recent figures, temporary construction, assembly and equipment operator job openings have increased by up to 300%.
Temp jobs are revered for their flexibility, high pay, work-life balance, and more. While the benefits of temporary employment are undeniable, there are still many people who prefer the steady security associated with permanent positions. Thankfully, there are many industries such as manufacturing and warehousing that offer the potential for temporary employees to become permanent, full-time staff.
Temp-to-hire employment structures are becoming increasing popular. Read on to discover more about this approach, and the benefits it brings to both employees and employers.
How does temp-to-hire work?
While there are some variations to temp-to-hire employment in terms of duration and contracts, there are basic steps that this model follows.
Initially, a new hire is brought on as a temporary or seasonal employee – typically by working with a staffing agency. They offer extra manpower to combat busy periods or to cover another employee’s absence.
Once the contract ends, the temporary worker has the following options: they can leave the company, renew their contract for a longer period, or negotiate with the employer to be brought on as a permanent worker. If the company believes the worker is a good fit, then the candidate becomes an employee of the company, rather than the staffing agency.
The benefits of this route
There are many benefits to starting with a temporary position then transitioning into a permanent role. Firstly, it allows candidates to ‘test drive’ a role before committing to a full-time position. This is especially useful if it is the candidate’s first job in the field. It will help them determine if it is a good fit for their skills and personality.
This test-drive period is a benefit for the employer as well. It allows companies to assess the skills and performance of a new hire before bringing them on board full-time. Making a bad permanent hire is one of the costliest events in the hiring process. Failing to hire the right person can cost an employer up to 3.5 times that employee’s salary.
In this regard, the temp-to-hire model can provide some insurance that the new recruit will be a better fit. If a candidate is offered a full-time position, they will already be familiar with the workplace, their training, and their colleagues, reducing the need for onboarding. This means that they can hit the ground running.
For both the candidate and employer, this option provides greater flexibility, a significant risk reduction, and provides a welcomed trial period that can confirm the placement works for all parties involved.
Working with a staffing agency
One of the best ways to get your foot in the door with a great temporary position that has the potential to turn permanent is to work with a staffing agency. Good recruiters are dedicated to finding you a position that you love as quickly as possible.
Not only do recruiters have the skills and industry knowledge to place you in a great temporary position, but they also have deep networks and professional connections with employers that could be helpful in your quest for permanent employment. They will always vouch for you if they believe you to be a dedicated and reliable candidate.
Contact us to learn more about how we can find you a great new warehousing or manufacturing position today!