Changing Direction: What to Consider When Changing from Temp to Perm


In 2014 the number of employers who said they were expecting to hire more permanent employees was higher than those who said they were expecting to hire more temporary employees. Great news!

If you are working in a temporary position and are considering switching to a permanent role, or if you are entering the world of work for the first time, here are some things to consider:

  1. Feel the love: As a temporary worker, you may feel that you are viewed differently than permanent team members. One of the major benefits of taking on a permanent role is that you have the opportunity to work with the same people day-in and day-out, which could ultimately help you build a better rapport with colleagues and make you feel like you’re more involved in the team.
  1. Risky business: Temporary work can be seen as risky. You don’t have the same job security as a permanent worker so if the employer decides that they no longer need you, they can terminate your contract on short notice. However, the Agency Workers Regulation that came in effect on 1st October 2011 gives temporary workers the same basic rights and conditions as permanent workers. Which means as long as you have been employed by the same company (and in the same role) for more than 12 weeks then your job is just as secure as a permanent employee.
  1. Stay or go: Notice period with permanent work can be anything from 4 weeks to 3+ months based on the type of work you do. If you decide that you don’t like the job or the company you can’t just leave and you are obligated to work through your notice period. Temporary workers often have much shorter notice periods giving them the flexibility to move jobs much faster than permanent workers. If you like the idea of working with many different companies in your career, then having long notice periods could hold you back and might even be a turn off for new employers.
  1. Climb the career ladder: As a temporary worker you may have little opportunity to progress within the company because you’ve likely been hired to work on a specific project and once that is finished, your contract may be over too. When you work as a permanent employee you could be more aware of internal vacancies and have better opportunities to showcase your abilities across different projects. This can help show how much of an asset you are to the company and help in your career progression within the company.
  1. Motivation: If you are somebody who likes to move around and likes variety in your work life, then permanent work might not be for you. Being honest with yourself is the best policy, if you are not cut out for permanent work then don’t do it.

Temporary and permanent roles each have their own pros and cons so it’s important that you carefully consider all of the factors before making a change. Accepting a job offer because it seems the best thing to do at that moment in time, may not be the right thing in the long run – be aware of what you want from the role and the company, and your career will fly!


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