Temp staffing services – popularly known as Temporary staffing services, are a strategic employment option that businesses use to augment their workforce on an on-demand basis.
Temp agencies play an intermediate role; connecting individuals who are seeking for temporary work and companies who are looking to fill non-permanent vacancies.
The typical duration of temporary staffing depends on the projects and work assignments of the company, which could last anywhere from a few weeks to a year.
It is undeniable that temp staffing plays a major role in today’s job market. Singapore which was then known for being an immature market for temp staffing has seen a rise in the number of temporary and contractual workers in recent years.
This is evident in the Labour Force Survey released by MOM in 2019 where the part-time share of employment increase from 17.5% in 2018 to 18.4% in 2019. Temp workers have become an integral part of the business landscape and it is crucial for both employees and employers to understand how best they can work with temp agencies to their best advantage.
The process of working with a temp agency would typically be like:
Amid a pandemic where the global economy enters a slump, businesses switch to temp staffing as a solution that is flexible, time and cost-effective in managing their human resources.
In business terms, time is money and resources should be channelled to support core business operations that are revenue-generating in nature. Instead of going through lengthy hiring processes, companies turn to engage the services of temp agencies for their staffing needs. This is especially true for short-term work projects or seasonal demand where companies observe a sudden spike in the number of headcounts needed. In such cases, temp agencies are able to provide a large number of qualified contractual workers within a short time frame.
Organisations also enjoy cost-savings such as a reduction in the cost of hiring, savings on employees benefit costs and training costs. With flexible control of resources, companies are able to closely manage their spending and pay only for the required work.
Still unsure whether temp staffing is the right model for you, refer to the Types of Employment guide to help you decide on the best and most suitable hiring option.
Similar to recruitment firms, temp agencies can be categorised according to the type of services they provide, namely – general temp agency and specialised temp agency.
A general temp agency is able to fulfil an array of basic job positions. Their candidate database is often equipped with contractual workers who have little training, basic academic certificates and minimum work experience. As a result, these agencies have a large and ready pool of temp staff which can help companies fill basic job openings, such as production line workers and janitorial staff, at a lower cost and achieve fast turnaround time.
A specialised temp agency focuses on niche industries or job positions. Their talent database is filled with profiles of skilled workers who are armed with the relevant work experience, educational certificates and specific skillsets Companies who are looking to fill temporary job openings that require skilled workers, such as IT support or safety engineers, can look to partner with a specialised temp agency to hire the right talent as a cost and time-efficient solution.
Understand your hiring needs and the workings of temp agencies to get the most value out of the partnership. Still confused as to which options are best suited for your needs, speak with our friendly consultants to arrange for a session tailored to your recruitment activities.
EPS Consultants is Singapore’s trusted Recruitment Agency with 25 years of experience in the industry. We pride ourselves as a one-stop staffing solution agency, providing a comprehensive range of Recruitment, Contract and Temporary Staffing services in Singapore and the region.
Looking for the right model for your temp staffing needs? At EPS, we have separate divisions that are dedicated to providing general and specialised temp staffing services. Skip the hassle of having to liaise with multiple vendors and streamline your hiring process with us today.
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