Temp and contract work are becoming increasingly popular ways of entering the labour market. At Collins McNicholas, we have noticed a rise in the number of employers looking to hire this way.

There are a number of advantages to becoming a temp or contract worker:

  1. It can provide you with the opportunity to gain experience in a number of different industries, expanding your knowledge and skills base. This can make you a more valuable commodity in the eyes of employers. There is a greater level of flexibility and independence. You have the option of moving from one job to the next as you prefer. Temp and contract workers are entitled to the same pay as permanent staff members who perform a similar role for the company, and contractors can often be paid a higher wage.
  2. Temping can offer an excellent opportunity to re-enter the workforce after a break in your career. This can give you the chance to upgrade your skills and add to your CV before seeking further employment. At Collins McNicholas we provide a wide variety of Temping opportunities, giving job seekers the chance to find the temping position most suited to their needs and interests.
  3. Temping is also a good way to discover what type of work you find most satisfying. It allows you to gain an insight into different industries and work environments while adding to your experience. The short term nature of temp work means that you can gain a diverse range of skills over a short period of time.  Temps also enjoy a better work-life balance as their hours tend to be less burdensome than those of full-time staff.
  4. Many temp jobs can lead to permanent employment. Temp employees that impress their employers with their performance may be offered a permanent contract as a result.
  5. Every job, no matter what the length of the contract, is an opportunity to network. You can quickly build up an impressive array of contacts and references that will prove invaluable to you in the future.


Contracting work provides similar opportunities to temping work, in terms of flexibility and variety. However, the roles tend to be more specialised and the pay rates higher as a result of this. There is also a greater personal responsibility to look after your own tax and insurance affairs. Contractors can make their own hours; decide when to work and who to work for.  Contractors with sufficient experience also have the option of pursuing job opportunities overseas. They can market their skills in several countries at once, giving them greater scope to find employment.

There are certain drawbacks to temp and contract work that you should be aware of before applying for this kind of work. You will not receive the same benefits as other employees, and will not receive the same level of in-house training. The short term nature of the contracts means there is also less job security. Despite these factors, temp and contract work can give you valuable experience that will make you more employable in the future. Every job gives you a chance to add to the knowledge and skills you already possess.

However, The Agency Workers Directive 2011 has legally granted temporary staff to receive the same basic pay and working conditions as full-time employees from the first day of their employment.

To learn more about temping or contracting with Collins McNicholas or to read the full Agency Workers Directive, visit www.collinsmcnicholas.ie/employers/temporary-recruitment/


Niall Murray

Managing Director

Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services