Tips & Advice
How much does it cost to hire a temp agency?
If you are looking to a temp agency for personnel, most agencies charge you based on the temp’s hourly rate. The markup can be anywhere from 20%-100%. If the temp is making $15 an hour, they may charge the client $20 an hour. Each agency sets their own rate structure, but that is the general method for temps. If you are the actual temp, agencies don’t charge you anything; they’re already making money off of the client.
What type of work is available through temp agencies?
The types of work available through temp agencies will depend on their areas of specialization, if any. Most temp jobs are related to standard administrative roles, where the skill set can apply across a wide variety of businesses and/or companies. Most temp agencies specialize in specific areas like computers or tech, financial, or entertainment industries, etc. Retailers often need extra staff for holiday seasons; Day laborers and warehouse teams are also popular areas. When seeking out a potential agency, you can probably find one that covers your area of interest, if you have one, within reason.
How long does it take to hire a temp?
Hiring a temp can happen in a day under the right circumstances. The client’s needs usually dictate how quickly they need a warm body in place. If they need a temp to cover for someone who is suddenly and unexpectedly out, they will move quickly to fill the role. If the temp role is scheduled ahead of time, employers can get ahead of the game by seeking potential temps weeks, or even months, in advance. If someone calls in sick some companies might need a replacement immediately.
Do temp agencies have to pay overtime?
If you are working a job that requires overtime, and you work the overtime, then yes, the agency will absolutely pay you accordingly. Most temp agencies should confirm before hiring that you are willing and able to work OT if necessary Temp agencies must adhere to any and all local and federal laws employment and wage laws.
What is the benefit of using a temp agency?
The biggest benefit of using a temp agency is getting a job. Temp agencies are a great option for people needing a job quickly, and can provide a temporary source of employment and a paycheck, while giving people the opportunity to look for a full-time position. Temp agencies can be ideal for students on break, or during the holidays when workforce supply and demand can increase. Many temp roles can turn into temp-to-hire positions.
Temp agencies are employment agencies that seek to staff both temporary and permanent positions on behalf of clients. Potential job seekers can sign up with temp agencies in the hopes that their resumes and skill set match available positions. Most employment agencies have temp divisions that focus on the temp market. When employees take a leave of absence, for maternity or medical leave, or because of vacation, companies can use temp agencies to place a candidate temporarily in their role to replace their productivity.
What are the benefits of using a staffing agency for companies?
The benefits of using a staffing agency as a company is that it takes a lot of the burden and expense of searching for qualified candidates away from the company, and places all the recruitment, screening, and testing responsibility onto the agency. It also allows companies to “try out” new employees without fully committing to them--i.e. onboarding with benefits and government tax paperwork. In industries where there’s a lot of turnover, or where needs fluctuate, companies appreciate working with staffing agencies that can fill many spots with qualified part-time talent for as long as the company needs them and no longer. In simple terms, a staffing agency reduces the “cost per hire” and protects companies from having to pay unemployment on employees that weren’t around for very long.
When it comes to using a recruiter-type of specialized agency, the benefit is nearly opposite in that these agencies devote time to finding the best passive candidates (i.e. those who are not looking to switch jobs) and convincing them to move the client company.
What are the benefits of using a staffing agency for job seekers?
The benefits of using a staffing agencies if you’re a job seeker is that the agency gets a commission for placing candidates, so they have incentive to place people in positions. At their best, they actively have people searching for new openings every day, and they also have people working to match the best candidates up with those openings. Even the not-so-great staffing agencies are still doing the “leg work” of combing through opportunities and sending resumes/applications out on behalf of their job-seeker clients. They might be sending through many candidates for the same positions, but it’s still better than nothing.
Another benefit is that if a candidate finds work through a staffing agency, in many cases they’ll receive benefits, or be paid as an employee, instead of being a 1099 contractor as many companies set up their contractors and freelancers these days.
What does a staffing agency do?
A staffing agency matches job candidates up with available positions. Many agencies also actively recruit new candidates for fields where there are many openings, or where there’s high turnover--or, on the flip side, where a job requires a highly specialized and qualified type of candidate. Staffing agencies range from high-volume temp agencies that place many people for short-term openings to very specialized niche agencies (AKA recruiters or headhunters) that only work with a select number of highly desirable candidates and high-paying jobs.