There are almost always some sort of temporary jobs that you can get from a temporary agency. Especially when the employment statistics are dire with many unemployed and not many available jobs, temporary employment can really come to the rescue on several levels. It can tide you over with an income from regular short-term job assignments and it can even lead you to a company that may hire you permanently.
When companies may be experiencing problems and find it financially necessary to downsize, they may start to outsource to reduce costs. They still need to run the company and get the work done even though they may be filing for bankruptcy, or are in the middle of mergers etc. They are being forced to reduce or even eliminate staff through lay-offs or attrition, which is “the gradual reduction of the size of a workforce by not replacing personnel lost through retirement or resignation” (or lay-offs).
This often creates a terrible situation for the people who are ‘lucky’ enough to still be there, because they are sometimes given additional responsibilities to cover for a person who is no longer there. There is usually no corresponding increase in salary. This situation can really deteriorate into a hostile environment quickly particularly when you add in the element of fear of what will happen next.
The perfect solution though, is to create some temporary jobs and then hire a temporary agency to send people. The people have been interviewed and tested and will work for an hourly rate, with no retirement or medical benefits, and no binding contract.
Several industries have permanent working relationships with temporary staffing agencies, including nursing, property management, and office administrative and technical. The temporary worker is an employee of the temporary agency. The agency is central to every transaction both with the client and the temporary worker.
The client notifies the agency of the opportunity and then the agency proposes it to the temp that they feel is qualified. They negotiate an hourly rate of pay, specifically outline the duties of the position and approximate duration. If this is acceptable to ‘the temp’ then they are sent to the job site ready to go to work! The Agency pays the temp directly either weekly or at the end of the assignment, and keeps the change from what they charged the client for the services which represents their fees.
Temporary jobs are a win/win situation for all involved. The temps are considered independent contractors. They can choose to work temp assignments either full or part-time. They can make some decent money when they themselves may have lost their ‘permanent’ jobs and are in dire straits. Some job assignment durations can stretch from days to weeks to months and even years and often can be the ‘foot in the door’ to a ‘permanent’ position!
In case you home business entrepreneurs can’t see where this is going, working temporary jobs might be the perfect way for you to survive while you are developing your own business (to supplement the income that is not there yet). It would work really well for example to have a part-time temporary assignment with little or no commitment and to be able to spend the rest of your day working at home!