permanent vs temporary: which route is right for you?

It’s the age of choice with job opportunities coming at you from every direction, be it from a friend who has a vacancy at their workplace, being headhunted on LinkedIn or by actively seeking out a role yourself. One of the questions you may have is whether you want to go down the temporary work route or go for a permanent role.

Enjoy the flexibility of working in a temporary position

Working in a temporary position could range from a few hours to as long as a few years with one employer. One aspect you can be certain of is that there will be end date for the period of employment. 

Some of the the advantages of working as a temporary worker:

  • If you have got other commitments and need to manage your schedule in your own way, the temporary working lifestyle could give you that flexibility.
  • There may be better work-life balance as you tend to have more control over the hours you work.
  • You can try different roles in different settings without having to commit to one. This is particularly useful if you are unsure of which career path you want to go down or are looking to build your experience through working in a variety of settings. 

Take control of your future with a permanent position

A typical permanent contract is a full-time, salaried position with a contract whereby you would be required to work a minimum of 36 hours weekly.

Some of the advantages of working as a permanent worker:

  • Financial stability with a steady income and the ability to budget more accurately. Some permanent positions now pay similarly to temporary roles e.g. in the NHS.
  • There may be greater job satisfaction as you build long-term relationships with your colleagues and see progress and results of the work you put in.
  • You may have better access to company benefits such as training and continuous professional development (CPD) opportunities. This could open up more opportunities to progress to a senior role.

Increasingly, the lines between permanent and temporary work are blurring to make way for roles that may have the benefits of both, for example, you may still be able to benefit from flexible hours working in a permanent role. 

Don’t forget, if you are looking for a permanent role but just can’t find the right opportunity just now, a temp job could be the perfect route for you into a permanent position in the long-term. Many of the temps we place go on to join the company as a permanent members of staff. 

We have a wide range of temporary and permanent positions across the health and social care sector with specialist consultants able to advise you on the best option available to you. Get in touch with us to see how we can help you find your next role.

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