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5 myths about temporary workers & project consultants

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Contrary to popular belief, temporary employees bring a lot of benefits. It would be a shame to miss out on these because of various misconceptions. Here are the five myths we like to debunk!

Myth #1: Temporary workers are only profiles that provide administrative support

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Today we see all kinds of profiles from different sectors performing temporary work or temporary assignments. Companies often choose temporary employees to perform extra work, to replace sick or maternity leave or in other situations that require a quick start.

But also when a company wants to start up a certain project that requires specific expertise, they increasingly use temporary workers or consultants.

Myth #2: Temporary workers are mainly junior profiles

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This myth we regularly hear from employers and is anything but true. It is true that many people are reluctant to trade a permanent job for a temporary position.

Myth #3: Temporary workers out of necessity

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We hear this myth the most: candidates who opt for a temporary assignment only do so because they cannot find a permanent job. However, there are several reasons to specifically choose a temporary job.

Some people choose temporary work because:

  • they want to change sectors or careers and they want to focus on assignments where they cangain experience
  • interim assignments are a good way to start in a company and prove yourself after that, with the hope of finding permanent employment
  • Etc.

At Axis Group, we regularly meet candidates who are specifically interested in temporary assignments. We help them find work through our divisions 'Axis Career' or 'Axis Projects'. Contrary to common beliefs, these are far from "bad" candidates who can't find a permanent job.

Myth #4: Temporary workers are neither loyal nor dedicated

This myth stems from the fact that temporary workers are not paid by the company they work for. However, temporary workers are constantly in direct contact with their client who in turn is in regular contact with the company where their employee works. After all, they act as the ambassador of the recruitment or consultancy agency, so a good follow-up is of great importance.

just as meticulous when selecting temporary workers as they are when selecting permanent employees. They always aim for a successful match for all parties involved with a view to a long-term relationship, regardless of the duration of the assignment.

Temporary workers are, first and foremost, people whose values and work ethic do not change depending on the type of contract.

If a staffing firm is a temporary worker, it will be able to provide the best possible service.

If a staffing firm or consulting agency had doubts about the loyalty or dedication of a temporary worker, they would not want to risk jeopardizing the client relationship.

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Some companies are hesitant to start using temporary workers because they assume that they cannot offer the employee a permanent contract afterwards. There is no rule that says a temporary worker cannot be hired internally. It depends on the wishes of the employee and on the conditions agreed between the agency and the company.

In this article we have debunked a few myths that companies may have about the recruitment of temporary workers. However, on the candidate side there are just as many myths to bust about temporary jobs. employee or consultant? Read more about it on our website or contact us soon at contact.

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Elle Fleurackers

Proactive & passionate MarCom Manager with a broad range of interests.