Never considered hiring temps before? Here are 5 reasons why you should

Despite their benefits being praised time and time again, many employers still shy away from using temporary workers.

Often we’ll have clients come to us looking specifically for a permanent member of staff. Once we’ve learnt more about their requirements it often becomes clear that they would, in fact, benefit from hiring temporary support instead.

If you haven’t considered hiring temps before or if you’re unsure about whether it will be beneficial for your organisation, keep reading my top five reasons why temps could work for you…


Perhaps one of the key reasons why employers choose to hire temporary staff is because it can offer unrivalled flexibility.

It’s crucial for organisations to have strategies and a talent pipeline in place to help manage the natural fluctuations in any workforce. But sometimes staffing requirements are unexpected and urgent. Whether it’s due to an increase in business or the unexpected departure of an employee, sometimes it’s simply unavoidable that you need new people in your organisation and quickly.

Temporary workers could be the solution.

A temp agencywill have a database of temporary workers ready to assign to your business at short notice. They’ll be familiar with the tight timeframe organisations often have to work to.

Similarly, when there is no longer the need for the additional support provided by temps, you will be able to adapt your workforce accordingly.


One of the common myths about temp workers is that they only help to boost a company’s bottom line.

Although this is one reason to hire temporary workers, it is not the only reason.

Temporary workers can also bring strategic support, consultancy and project management when required.

In many instances, temporary workers can bring a new set of eyes to an organisation – offering the chance to reassess inefficient processes or introduce a new approach.

Vet potential future staff

Many organisations also recognise the benefits of hiring temporary staff as a way of establishing whether the individual could be a good, permanent addition to a team.

Initially hiring individuals on a temporary basis allows employers to see how they work with their current team and whether there is, ultimately, the demand for a permanent member of staff.

Engaged workers

Again, many employers worry that temporary workers will not be as engaged as permanent members of staff – but we know this to be untrue.

Many experts call it the ‘gig economy’ and it’s been a big trend talked about in the media a lot over the last year. The reality is, the ‘gig economy’ is simply a rise in the number of workers choosing temporary and contract placements for the added flexibility and control over work-life balance that they can offer.

As a result, temporary workers are more engaged than ever – they are satisfied with their choice of temp work and as a result are dedicated to the tasks in hand. The benefits of temporary work have been heralded in recent months.

And the benefits don’t just stop at the temporary workers themselves. Many organisations report using temporary workers helps to re-engage current, permanent employees. If workloads have been rising, then temporary workers can offer much needed support to your permanent team members – helping them to do their job to the best of their ability.

Try something new

One of the lesser-known benefits of using temporary workers is that it can also help your organisation to expand or try something new. Just as temporary workers can help support your organisation when urgent requirements arise, they can also play a crucial role in more strategic moves.

If you are looking to extend your offering then you may not want the commitment of hiring a permanent member of staff outright. Using a temporary worker could be a solution, allowing you to assess the success of the expansion and the demand for on going increases in your workforce.

All in all, temporary workers can be a huge benefit to organisations in a number of different scenarios, bringing flexibility, expertise, potential and high levels of engagement.

If you’re interested in finding out more about how temporary workers could help support your organisation, please get in touch with us today.



Alex Smith

Recruitment Specialist

I’ve worked in recruitment for the same agency for over 12 years, covering finance, office support, construction, and engineering. Temp and perm. Previously, my line of work was within banking and estate agency.
Favourite food: “Curry (Hot)”
Favourite film: “Heat”

Outside of work

“Gym 5 days a week. Home life consists mostly of entertaining a 3 year old! (for clarification – my son)”

Alex on ACR

“Very refreshing to work for a recruitment agency that genuinely care for their candidates and clients”

T: 01733 235298

Sarah-Jane Bond

Recruitment Specialist

I have spent the majority of my career working in Operational and Project Management roles. I first worked with ACR about 25 years ago as a candidate. ACR secured me a role at RNIB, where I stayed for 15 years, finishing as Head of Operations. Recruitment has always been a big part of the roles I have undertaken and is something that I really enjoy. When you match a fantastic candidate with the right client there is no better feeling!
Favourite food: “Has to be any dish from the Mediterranean”
Favourite film: “There are many, love a chick flick, especially ‘The Holiday at Christmas”

Outside of work

“I love socialising with friends, can always squeeze a bit of retail therapy in around volunteering at Deeping Rangers FC, running their hospitality on match days.”

Sarah-Jane on ACR

“I couldn’t have been more delighted when Nel asked me to join the company and have felt at home since day one. They really do care about providing the best service for their clients and candidates, building genuine relationships with both. The team culture is second to none, everyone supporting and looking out for each other. It is a pleasure to come to work every day.”

T: 01733 235298

Emily Hill

Recruitment Specialist

Emily was a Primary School Teacher for 10 years, before moving into the EdTech space, as a Relationship Specialist for MATs. She joined ACR in July 2023 and particularly thrives when recruiting for Account Management, Customer Service and Sales roles.
Favourite food:
“Spag bol or pizza”
Favourite film:
“The Notebook – or any romantic chick flick really!”

Outside of work

“I have a 1-year-old, so love fun family weekends with my husband and son more than anything. Time socialising with friends and family is where I’m happiest.”

Emily on ACR
“The unique culture, values, and style at ACR is polar opposite to other recruitment agencies and what I believed recruitment was. Having previously been a Relationship Specialist, I feel I’m doing the same thing! No hard sell, we truly care about our candidates and clients, and the team culture is 2nd to none!”
T: 01733 235298

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