What are the differences between a temp job and a part-time job?September 25, 2019 7:28 am
People often confuse temporary work with part-time work, but there are distinct differences between these employment arrangements. We asked business leaders to discuss key differences between these two types of work. Here’s what they had to say.
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A temp job is just that—temporary—and generally for a pre-determined time at the time of hire. Usually 3, 6, 9 or 12 months, but it can really vary depending on the organization’s needs.
If someone does well in a temp job, it is possible for them to be hired full time.
You can be hired for a temp job in 1 of 2 ways:
- Through the company directly. For example, if you are doing work for ABC Inc, you are paid by ABC Inc directly.
- Through a staffing company. For example, you do work for ABC Inc and likely sit in the ABC Inc office but are paid by my XYZ Staffing.
Oftentimes, temps who are hired directly through companies have little to no benefits, whereas when someone goes through a staffing company, they have more benefits available to them.
To add to the complexity, you can also be a W2 or 1099 temp; however, 1099 generally refers to independent contracts, but not always.
A part-time job (that is not designated as a temp, contract, etc. because you can have part time temps) is a permanent role that will be needed on an ongoing basis. You work directly for the company hiring you, and there is no staffing company involved on an ongoing basis (you could hire a staffing company to fill a part-time permanent role and pay a fee for that person). Benefits are similar to temp, though with little to no benefits options for part-time employees. However, this can certainly depend on the organization you are working for.
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