debunking the myths of temporary work

Debunking the Myths of Temporary Work

Eastridge Blog posted by Molly Delattre on October 14, 2019

Due in part to the enduring low unemployment rate, temporary work has gained serious traction as a viable career option. More managers than ever are open to hiring temporary workers than they were just a few years ago, and when it comes to job qualifications, they value experience through frequent temporary work the same as full-time employment. 

Despite its recent rise in the job market, temporary work is still affected by outdated myths and misconceptions. If you’ve recently been presented with or are considering temporary work options, you’ve come to the right place. We’re here to debunk some of the most common myths surrounding temporary work. 

All temporary work is low-level
With the rapid evolution of the way we work and the way companies operate, we have witnessed a steady rise in the need for temporary workers. In fact, the fastest growth is happening in professional and technical occupations as businesses and professionals from all skill levels have realized the benefits of having greater flexibility. From finance and accounting to other professional industries, companies have realized that with temporary positions they can quickly scale and hire skilled talent on-demand for both immediate and long-term projects. 

Temporary work looks bad on your resume
As the temporary industry has cemented itself in the world of work, temporary assignments are now viewed more as high-level consulting projects and less like entry-level positions. Hiring managers and recruiters across the board now understand that project-based positions provide valuable experience that enhances a candidate’s abilities.

Temporary work is low-paying and unreliable 
Although project consulting commonly offers the option of working fewer hours than a full-time role might require, highly skilled professionals usually find they can work as much as they want. In fact, many temporary professionals and contractors work the equivalent of full-time hours. It’s also important to note that temporary assignments can last anywhere from a few days to more than a year. There is an endless variety of temporary work opportunities that can suit any person’s work goals or needs. 

When it comes to compensation, temporary jobs will typically pay on par with salaried ones. Beyond competitive pay packages (and due to today’s tight talent market) highly skilled professionals have the opportunity to negotiate the assignment pay just like any salaried position. To attract in-demand temporary talent, staffing firms offer competitive wages and benefits, which can even include access to health insurance, vacation and holiday pay, and retirement plans.

If you’re considering temporary work assignments and have further questions, contact Eastridge today. Our expert recruiters are more than happy to answer your questions about the world of temporary work. 

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