Temp Agencies: How Do They Work?

    The main purpose of temp agencies is to act as a liaison between companies looking for workers and qualified people looking for work.

Temp agencies  have grown greatly in popularity over the past decade. They now offer both full time job positions as well as temp to hire contracts. However, the way in which temp agencies actually function differs depending on your vantage point. So, let’s take a look at how temp agencies function both from the perspective of companies and candidates.

Companies typically enter into a contract with a temp agency because they are looking for a large quantity of qualified workers. Often times, they need to find these workers in a timely manner. That’s where a temp agency can help tremendously in making the process both quick and efficient. Once employers give the agency the job title and desired qualifications they are looking for in a candidate, the search can begin.

    Temp agencies have a unique, standardized way in which they go about finding the right candidate for the job.

They find candidates by using both third party search tools (like LinkedIn) and their own contact list of job candidates and recruiters. These tools allow a temp agency to find the ideal candidate with the right skill set and background experience. Once the temp agency reaches out to potential candidates, the interview process begins. Interviews can take place in person, over the phone, or via Skype. Candidates who meet all qualifications and do well in their interviews are selected to fill the vacant positions.

Upon selection a candidate becomes an employee of the temp agency, not the actual employer themselves. While the candidate is expected to report to and follow all instructions the employer gives them, it is the temp agencies that handle everything else. During the temp workers employment period, the company is required to pay the temp agency a set amount based on wages and fees associated with each individual temp worker. This amount is going to be more than what a typical worker makes, to cover the costs of temp agency’s operations.

    Now, let’s take a look at temp agencies from the perspective of job searchers and prospective job candidates.

Once a job candidate has worked with a temp agency, the agency keeps that candidates record on file for any future job openings. So, candidates are contacted either by the agency’s applicant pool or a third party resource. One important thing for job searchers to keep in mind, is that they DO NOT owe temp agencies anything for helping aid them in their job hunt. Temp agencies make a profit via their contract with employers each time they place a candidate in a position. They continue to profit off of that candidate for the duration of their employment.

Once a candidate is contacted about an open position, the temp agency will inform them of all the necessary requirements and details of the job. There is a possibility that it will take a while for candidates to be placed into a job, as well as for employers to fill vacant positions. This is all part of the temp agency’s process that ensure they find the right candidate for the job.

    Temp agencies are in charge of nearly every aspect of a candidates employment.

From payment, filing complaints, and setting up a weekly schedule, the temp agency is the candidates go to place for information. This allows the candidate to forge a strong relationship with both the agency itself as well as their individual agent. When the candidates work is completed, they can return to the temp agency for further employment opportunities. If their performance was adequate and without complaint, they can expect to find another temp job relatively quickly.

Temp agencies can help workers of all skill levels and abilities find quality work. Temp agencies are frequently used in both the medical and engineering fields. A temp agency is a great resource for both employers and candidates alike. They aid employers by speeding up the search for qualified candidates and allow them to save money by not having to pay for either vacation time or health insurance. The one downside, is the markup price that employers have to pay for each temp worker they employ. This markup can be anywhere from 50 to 100% of a typical employees hourly wage. Temp agencies do all the job hunting work for candidates, and even have access to job openings that otherwise wouldn’t be available to the candidate.

    If you are an employer looking for qualified workers or a prospective candidate looking for work in the Seattle, Washington area, click here for more information on temp agencies.

Geoffrey Purkis

About Geoffrey Purkis

Geoffrey is the Founder and CEO of Seattle Web Search. He’s a web developer and SEO (Search Engine Optimization) expert located in Seattle, Washington with extensive experience in the field. Geoffrey specializes in helping his clients find the right combination of web, search, social, and video content to get the best results from their online marketing efforts.