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Temporary and Contract Work

As a job seeker in today's marketplace, temporary and contract work offers you an alternative to a permanent position allowing you the opportunity to advance your career in a flexible way that is more suited to your personal circumstances.



Different industries refer to a ‘contract position’ in different ways. Generally though, contractors are employed for a fixed period – for example maternity leave cover. Contractors paid on a pro rata basis are placed on the client's payroll when they start work. Normally, for termination of contract both parties require a notice period.

Temporary work

Again different industries refer to temping in different ways. It is also referred to as 'freelancing'. In general terms, a temporary worker is someone who is engaged by a company on a non-fixed term basis. The temporary worker's salary is usually calculated on an hourly or daily rate and is paid through the Chase and Holland payroll. Technically, no notice period is required to terminate temporary assignments by either party although, if possible and for good practice and business etiquette, a notice period of approximately 1 week can be given.

Reasons companies need contract and temporary staff

Companies employ people on a temporary or contractual basis for many reasons including:

  • To assist with special projects
  • Cover for maternity leave or other absences
  • During particularly busy periods of the year
  • To analyse an employee's performance with a view to permanent employment

Benefits of temporary and contract work

Temporary and contract work offers many benefits including:

  • The opportunity to work in a variety of industries or focus your discipline
  • Flexibility in terms of the days and times you work
  • Opportunity to learn or advance technical skills
  • Greater exposure to different types of management styles and clients
  • Exposure to the different types of products offered in a particular industry
  • Opportunity to broaden or deepen your skill base


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