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.