People start businesses for many reasons. Some business owners feel that they’ll never be fully satisfied working for someone else. Others simply have a great idea for a product or service and want to bring it to the world. Some people, on the other hand, do it for the thrill of building up a business, and are happy to sell up and start again as soon as is feasible. Many business owners and entrepreneurs want to give something back to their community, by filling a gap in the local economy and by offering employment to people who live in the area.
It can be very exciting when your business reaches the point where you need to take on staff – a real sign of progress. But for some employers, using temporary staff may make more sense than hiring people on permanent contracts, especially if they are only required for one specific project at once.
Bringing in temporary workers – either sourced through one of the many temp agencies which operate in the UK, or as self-employed freelancers – could be the right decision for a number of reasons. It may allow small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to meet sudden increases in demand and spikes in workflow. Landing a large contract could leave you struggling to get a sufficient number of working hours out of your current team of staff members. And while employees at SMEs are often willing to knuckle down and put in extra time when necessary, they are only human, and sometimes it can seem impossible to deal with every task within a certain amount of time.
Bringing in temporary workers could be a quick way to deal with this shortfall. You could either enlist specialists suited to the work that needs doing, or administrative staff to look after the day-to-day running of your business while more experienced employees deal with the task at hand.
Provided you find the right agency, or spend the time looking for the right freelancers, utilising temporary employees could mean quick access to a skilled workforce. If you’re in need of someone with a certain technical skill-set – in IT support, for example – but can’t afford to spend time advertising and recruiting a full-time employee, a freelancer could be a more cost-efficient (and more flexible) solution to your problem.
The other advantage that temporary employees can offer is cover for staff shortages and extended periods of staff absence, without having to take on more full-time employees. For example, temporary staff could cover another employee’s maternity leave, or help you to deal with the shortfall if an employee takes a sabbatical or needs to take part in a long-term training scheme.
As a business, it could prove beneficial to check policies surrounding temporary workers as often as possible, to ensure you are abiding by UK laws and, therefore, avoiding potential fines.