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 to remain employed during a time of unemployment due to redundancy, for example, or a step back into employment after 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 an independent recruitment agency specialising in accountancy.
Temps choose to work with us because:

  • We are small and offer an individual, personalised service
  • Professional, trained staff
  • A high quality service

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 rate.

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 which may be 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. The more hours you work, the more you get paid.

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. Please check with your Consultant should you be asked to work additional hours for clarification.

How am I Paid?

You will be asked to complete a bank details form and 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.

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

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 Agency Workers Regulations

From the 1 October 2011, the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (the Regulations) will give agency workers working in England, Scotland and Wales new equal treatment rights. This means that when you are taken on by an agency and supplied to work for the agency’s client (the hirer) you will be entitled to work under the same basic employment rights that would have applied if the hirer took you on directly. These new rights will apply after you have worked in the same role for the same hirer for 12 weeks.

However, from the first day of an assignment you will also be entitled to access collective facilities provided by the end user hirer to its own workers and to be advised by the hirer of relevant vacancies which arise within the hirer’s business. These are also referred to as 'Day One rights'.

The Agency Workers (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2011 will come into effect on 5 December 2011 and give the same rights to agency workers working in Northern Ireland.

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