Why Now is a Good Time to Go Temp in HR

Posted November 21 2023 By Olivia McDonald

With so many businesses undergoing changes and restructures right now, many find themselves in need of a temporary HR professional who can come in and oversee such a project objectively and effectively.

Temporary HR positions are no less exciting and challenging as a full-time role. They are every bit as impactful to a business as someone who is constant presence in the office. These roles are more consultative, as opposed to ‘business as usual’ HR, and are often brought in to help with sudden growth, company restructure or to establish a HR function altogether. This means that you will have the opportunity to make a real difference within a shorter period of time.

Organisations are looking for HR interims who can join an organisation and hit the ground running quickly grappling with the key issues, building excellent relationships with stakeholders quickly and having high impact and making a real difference – particularly in the challenging times we find ourselves in. Sensitivity will be key when making and relaying a lot of internal decisions.

In my experience, the typical length of a temp HR contract is anything between three to six months paying HR temps or contract workers on daily rates or PAYE, which can be very useful if you find yourself at a crossroads in your career or are looking to plug any gaps in your CV. It is enough time to give you a real flavour of the business in which you’ve been placed and keep you up to speed with any developments in the market.

Often, temporary roles can lead a company to offer you permanent or longer-term employment, which is great if that is your ultimate goal. It gives an employer a chance to see how you work and how much of an impact you can make – particularly if you are brought in where no previous HR cover existed.

So, whether you are a career interim of looking to fill a gap between permanent roles, working as a HR temp will give you the opportunity to work on key projects; keep your skills set and CV up to date; and perhaps venture into a sector that you had never previously worked within.

The HRC HR team have a proven record of placing candidates into contract cover, margin day rates and PAYE roles across the whole spectrum of HR, including change and transformation projects.

If you are interested in temporary roles within the Scottish HR market, no matter your length of service in the market, I’d be delighted to have a chat with you and get to know your career history to date and your plans for the future.

Please get in touch with me by clicking here to drop me an email. You can also find a list of all our temporary or contract roles here.

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