Temps and their rights
A temporary worker, also known as a ‘temp’, is often employed by an agency - though in some cases they may be a direct hire - to fill a temporary gap in employment, whether this is in order to cover an employee on leave, compensate for demand or simply supply flexible support to a busy workplace.
Traditionally, ‘temps’ are employed around the Christmas season in retail, and all year round in busy offices, education and other areas. There are many important advantages of being a temporary worker which are much the same as being an agency worker. These benefits include:
- the opportunity to acquire experience
- the chance to re-enter the job market without committing long-term
- being able to be more flexible, and better able to balance additional responsibilities
- being able to work with little notice
- being able to sample different domains of work
As a temporary worker, employment rights are limited and depend entirely on the terms and conditions and the length of the time worked. For more information please see:
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