A guide to temp work

Temping with Clarity Appointments

Temping is a great opportunity to meet new people, work for various companies, in many professional cultures, gain new skills and offers valuable experience.

Some people temp professionally, enjoying the flexibility that this type of work offers. Others choose temporary work after redundancy or as a step back into employment after raising a family.

Whatever your reasons for temping, you will find it a fantastic opportunity to ‘test the water’ with local companies. Temping can also often lead to the offer of permanent employment.

Why temp with Clarity?

Clarity Appointments is a local independent recruitment agency covering accountancy, office and executive vacancies. Temps choose to work with us because:

  • We are small and offer an individual, personalised service
  • Professional, trained staff
  • A high-quality service
  • We have a desirable client base
  • A direct dial number to a dedicated consultant

Temping with Clarity Appointments will give you access to the following benefits:

  • Paid holiday
  • Access to a workplace pension
  • Statutory sick pay
  • An exceptional payroll service which is free, fast and accurate

What is the difference between temping and contracting?

Temping, or temporary work, is work based on a non-fixed term and can last anything from a day or two, to many months. Salary is paid on a weekly basis on an hourly basis.

Temping is a great opportunity to work in between finding suitable permanent employment and offers flexibility, the ability to learn new skills, work in different environments and meet new people.

Contracting is short-term work, like temporary, but is for a fixed term. For example, to cover a period of maternity leave, perhaps for 12 months. However, a contractor will be paid direct by the company they are working for day to day rather than the agency.

Pay & Benefits

An hourly rate will be agreed for the job before your start, depending on the skills and experience required for the assignment.

Care should be taken when working ‘overtime’ since your agreed hourly rate will be paid for any hours over the normal working hours. Only in exceptional circumstances, when pre-arranged with the client, will an overtime rate be paid. salary is paid weekly on an hourly basis.

How am I Paid?

You will be asked to complete a bank details form and the appropriate tax form on commencement of your assignment. The forms should be completed promptly and returned to us for processing before you submit your first timesheet.

Payment for the work you complete is made one week in arrears, by BACS, direct to your bank or building society account.

Your payslip will be despatched by email and a new timesheet for completion the following week will be sent by post.

Tax & National Insurance

While temping you are liable for tax under the PAYE scheme and will need a National Insurance Number to be able to temp.

Some professional contractors choose to register as a Limited Company but you should seek professional guidance on this matter.

Paid Holiday Scheme

All temporary workers are entitled to paid holiday, offering a maximum of 28 days paid holiday per year during the first 12 weeks of employment and reviewed under the Agency Workers Regulations on week 13. The amount of paid holiday made to you depends upon your earnings from bookings by Clarity Appointments in the weeks preceding your holiday.

How do I qualify for paid holiday?

You qualify as a temp from the day you commence your booking with Clarity Appointments. There is no qualifying period and all temps working to the PAYE scheme are eligible. Those choosing to work through their own Ltd Company do not qualify.

How do I know how much holiday I am entitled to at any time?

You will be notified of your accrued holiday entitlement on each weekly payslip.

How is my paid holiday calculated?

Joe Bloggs has worked 24 weeks in his current annual leave year. His entitlement for the year is 5.6 weeks and Clarity Appointments includes the leave weeks in the entitlement calculation. Therefore the calculation would be 24 divided by 52 then multiplied by 5.6 so: (24/52) x 5.6 =2.5846 weeks - rounded to 2 decimal places this is 2.58 weeks accrued so far.

How do I claim holiday?

You should complete a holiday request form and return it to your Consultant in good time. The holiday year runs from 1 January to 31 December. Any holiday that is not taken by the 31 December cannot be carried forward.

How to bank holidays affect my holiday pay?

If you wish to be paid for your bank holidays and have sufficient holiday in your fund, please request holiday pay in the usual way.

National Insurance Contributions

Clarity Appointments make your NI contributions on your behalf. You will be asked for your National Insurance number on commencement of a booking.

Statutory Sick Pay

SSP is administered on behalf of the government. To check your entitlement, please go to the following website:


Maternity, Paternity & Adoption Benefits

These are government schemes that Clarity administers on their behalf.

Please refer to the following website to check your entitlement www.dwp.gov.uk

The Working Time Regulations 1998

These government regulations stipulate that you may not work more than 48 hours per week, although this can be averaged over a period of several weeks. You should advise Clarity Appointments if you intend to exceed this number of working hours in any week.

Workplace Pension

From 1st April 2017 Clarity Appointments offer a workplace pension to all eligible temporary workers. We have put together a short video below to explain, with further information available below.


Why have I been put into a pension scheme?

  • All employers now have to put their workers into a pension scheme if they earn over £10,000 per year, are aged 22 or over and are under state pension age. This is the law, because the government wants to get more people to have another income in addition to the state pension when they retire.

What if I don’t want to join the scheme?

  • If you don’t want to join the scheme, you need to ask to leave it. You can choose to leave the scheme in the one month period starting on either the date of this letter or the date you were put in, whichever is the latest. You do this by completing the form available from our pension provider, Smart Pension, and following their instructions.
  • You will need to sign the form, or if you send it electronically it will need to include confirmation that you are submitting it personally.
  • The pension provider will also be able to tell you when the one month period started, if you aren’t sure.
  • If you leave the scheme during this period any money you have already paid into your pension will be refunded and you won’t have become a member of the scheme on this occasion.
  • If you want to stop paying into your pension after the end of this one month period you can. The money you have already put in may be refunded but this will depend on the pension scheme we are using and how long you have been paying into it.

What if I ask to leave the scheme but then change my mind in the future?

  • You can ask to rejoin the scheme by contacting us in writing by sending a letter which has to be signed by you. Or if you send it electronically, it has to contain the phrase, ‘I confirm I personally submitted this notice to join a workplace pension scheme.’
  • If you earn more than £112 a week (£486 a month) we will pay into the pension scheme as well.
  • You can only re-join once in any 12 month period.

If I ask to leave the scheme, what happens after that?

  • Anyone who asks to leave, or stops paying into, the scheme will be put back into it at a later date (usually every three years if they meet certain criteria). This is because your circumstances may have changed and it may be the right time for you to start saving. We will contact you when this happens and you can ask to leave the scheme.

If I want to stay in the scheme do I have to pay in?

  • You will pay in 1% of your earnings each pay period. This will be taken directly from your pay and may include tax relief from the government. We will also pay in 1% of your earnings each pay period. Therefore, the total amount put into your pension pot will be 2% of your earnings.

Will this amount change?

  • As the money you pay in is a percentage of your pay, the amounts will automatically go up or down if your earnings do. Also, we are going to increase the percentage being paid into your pension over the next few years in line with the government’s minimum standards. From 6 April 2018 you will pay 3% of your earnings each pay period and we will pay 2%. And then from 6 April 2019, you will pay 5% and we will pay 3%.

Referral Scheme

If you introduce your friends to Clarity, we will, after a qualifying period, provide you with gift vouchers of your choice. Please contact us for more information.

Working as a Limited Company

Before choosing to operate as a limited company, it is important to know whether you are working for that person in an employed capacity or in a self-employed capacity as an independent contractor.

We strongly advise that you read the government guidelines on the Inland Revenue website covering the area of IR35, ensuring you understand the regulations fully before deciding to work as a limited company.

The link to this website is as follows: www.hmrc.gov.uk/ir35

Clarity Appointments will only accept contractors working as a limited company on presentation of the relevant M&AA and Certificate of Incorporation and once we are assured that the limited company contractors’ terms pose no risk of liability to our business.

As a limited company contractor you will be employed/engaged by your limited company/umbrella company directly. No contract of employment or contract for services will exist between you and Clarity.

The link to this website is as follows www.hmrc.gov.uk/ir35

Clarity Appointments will only accept contractors working as a limited company on presentation of the relevant M&AA and Certificate of Incorporation and once we are assured that the limited company contractors’ terms pose no risk of liability to our business.

As a limited company contractor you will be employed/engaged by your limited company/umbrella company directly. No contract of employment or contract for services will exist between you and Clarity.