Looking for work? Pondering taking a temp job? If so, you may wonder how the pay will measure up against a regular position. We asked others about temporary staffing and polled professionals in the field to get a feel for how temp pay stacks up. Read on to see their responses.
Ben Taylor has worked as a business consultant since 2004 and is the founder of Home Working Club, an advice portal for aspiring home workers.
In my experience, temporary jobs can pay better than regular jobs, but it’s not quite as black and white as that. High-level contract roles for specialists like project managers and techies can come with impressive day rates, but it’s important to remember that contractors don’t usually get any holiday or sick pay or any other benefits. They may also go for long periods between contracts.
Similarly, while more low-level clerical temp work can sometimes pay an hourly rate that beats that of someone doing the same job permanently, such work doesn’t come with job security and the chance of career progression.