When applying for jobs, you may have the opportunity to choose between a temporary and permanent role. Both options have their pros and cons, so it’s important you consider both options before choosing one.
In this article, we discuss permanent and temporary contracts, and explain the difference between the two.
A temporary employee has a job that lasts for a defined, short period of time. The time frame can be as little as a few days to a few weeks.
In some cases, temporary employees may be covering longer periods of time, for example, to cover other staff members taking maternity leave.
Temporary contracts of employment are agreements that have a start and end date. Temporary contracts can be extended and subject to change too.
Even though it is still a short term contract, temporary employees are still entitled to the same rights as all other staff, including sick pay and holiday allowance.
Temporary contracts allow you to pursue other interests or gain experience within specific sectors. They are also a great way to meet various people and create contacts, which may help you find your next job.
A permanent employee has a long term job role without a predetermined end date. You may be in this role for months, years or even for your whole career. A permanent employee can work on either a full-time or part-time basis.
Some of the most common motives for permanent employment include:
The main difference between a permanent and temporary contract is that temporary contracts usually have a defined date for when your employment with the company will end.
However, there are other differences too. In order to pursue the best type of job role which works for you, make sure you know the differences.
Employers will handle payroll taxes for both permanent and temporary employees, but the conditions are slightly different. Companies will always handle payroll taxes when hiring permanent staff, and in most cases, staffing agencies will also manage payroll taxes for temporary employees.
However, seasonal workers hired directly by companies will likely have to pay their taxes independently.
Yes, temporary employees have the same basic employment rights and working conditions as permanent employees.
This includes rights such as sick pay, holiday allowance and any other benefits the company has.
In order to help you make a decision on what type of employment is best for you, we’ve broken down some of the pros and cons of temporary and permanent employment for candidates below.
If you are an employer and are wondering whether offering temporary roles would benefit your business, we have another blog on the Benefits of Temporary Employment, with specific reference to how employers could benefit.
If you’re considering a temporary position, or are still struggling to decide which path is best for you, our team of recruitment consultants can help you. Get in touch with us today for support with employment.
You can also see what temporary roles are available on our site.
Temporary workers will typically work short periods of time, any time of the year, whilst seasonal workers are hired to work in periods of increased business, such as during Christmas or summer holidays.
If you are hired on a temporary contract, you will typically be employed for a fixed amount of time to cover illnesses, maternity/paternity leave and potentially increased workload.
You will be paid by the company, who will have agreed an hourly or daily rate in your contract.
If you’re hired on a contract however, an umbrella company will act as your employer whilst you produce the work for a business. Instead of the company directly paying you, you will be paid via the umbrella company.