What is Temp Recruiter?

By Abhishek Kathpal | Updated 22 July, 2022

Recruiters are a vital cog in the job market. They connect candidates with companies that have openings and at no charge to the candidates. Better still, their work isn’t restricted to permanent employment alone. Some recruiters and agencies specialize in helping companies find temporary staff to fill a role. These are called temp recruiters or temp agencies.

What is Temp Recruiter

Temp Recruiter meaning and definition

As stated above, a temp recruiter is a facilitator that helps companies find staff to fill temporary employment positions. Such positions are a favorite, especially for people who want control over when and where they work. However, temp recruiters and agencies do not operate like conventional recruiters.

How do temp agencies/recruiters work?

Unlike conventional recruiters that swoop to help companies find suitable candidates for open positions, temp recruiters and agencies have candidates come to them. The temp agency then screens, interviews, and selects candidates considered appropriate. In turn, companies essentially approach the recruiter or agency to lease workers from their existing pool. In other words, companies enter into contracts with temp agencies to hire already waiting candidates, rather than the conventional recruiting arrangement where agencies headhunt candidates.

Do temp workers get unemployment benefits?

States and regions employ different laws in this regard. However, in many places, temp workers do not receive unemployment benefits while they are employed, except the pay from their current employment is less than the employment benefits they are entitled to. As for the period between jobs, the status of unemployment benefits would depend on the reason for unemployment, the duration of unemployment, and other factors. Again, job seekers should consult state laws to be on the safe side. However, one thing is sure; if a temp worker rejects or quits temporary employment without a valid reason, they lose eligibility for the benefits.

Are temp recruiters and agencies worth it?

It depends. On the one hand, they provide otherwise unemployed workers with a stream of income (for a while), experience, and the potential to land a permanent job if they impress enough. On the other hand, there is unlikely to be any job satisfaction, paid vacations, or other benefits of permanent employment attached to the jobs they secure.

About the Author

Abhishek Kathpal

Abhi is the co-founder at Longlist.io. Funded by US based OnDeck, Longlist is currently enabling 50+ businesses to increase their candidate and client reach outs, automating the workflow across stages.