When you work as a temporary or contract employee you can….
Here’s some questions about “temping” that we get asked frequently….
Some of the personal qualities that are important to being a successful temporary or contract worker include…….
In most cases yes. There are many more interim/flexible jobs being filled daily than there are employees hired into permanent roles. The selection processes employers use to “hire” a shorter term employee tend to move faster and are less exacting.
While the temporary and contractor language can be used interchangeably, from a legal perspective they reflect different types of employment.
A temporary job is just that – temporary employment. Legally it can start and end without notice.
Contract assignments, on the other hand, typically involve some sort of formalized agreement between the employer and the employee (or their representative) specifying things like the length of the assignment, work content, results expected, under what conditions the contract can be ended, etc.
While not a defining difference, many contract workers are self employed and file taxes as an independent business. Temporary employees, on the other hand are always W2 employees, and typically work for an agency who contracts with an employer to provide them with temporary staff.
Some agencies refer to all their temporary employees as contractors…probably a bit misleading.
Temporary assignments start and stop “at will”. Even a contracted assignment can end without either cause or notice. While most of the temporary or contract assignments we represent are targeted to last 2-3 months, the range actually ends up varying from a few days to several years. Our recruiters will let you know what we’ve been told as the “length of an assignment” at the time you are presented with the assignment opportunity.
No. One of the best parts of becoming a part of the flexible workforce is that you get to choose when and for whom you work. In fact, when we offer you an assignment, we don’t want you to accept the assignment unless you are fully committed to completing it.
PACE realizes that things come up in a busy life that may require an employee to adjust a previous work commitment. If we get proper notice of you intent to quit, your relationship with PACE will stay in tact and you will be eligible to be assigned elsewhere or at a later time. Ending an assignment for casual reasons, on the other hand, can become grounds for termination, and make you ineligible for future assignments.
Most employees who work for PACE on temporary or contract assignments are paid weekly, every Friday. Some of our “full time” employees on assignment will be paid every other week.