What Agencies Aren’t Telling You: Busting The Myths Of Temporary Jobs

More employers are hiring temporary employees. According to the American Staffing Association, “U.S. staffing companies employed an average of 3.2 million temporary and contract workers per week in 2014, up 5.4% from 2013.”

What Agencies Aren’t Telling You Busting The Myths Of Temporary Jobs

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While staffing agencies will tell you that the rise makes temporary work seem like a positive thing, what they won’t tell you is that there are many cost-effective benefits for employers when it comes to hiring a temporary worker vs. a full-time one.

Staffing agencies also want you to believe that the lifestyle and futures of temporary workers are the same as the full-time workers they work beside, this is not the case. Many of the “perks” of temporary work, in reality, are not as beneficial as employers would have you believe.

 Myth: My temporary job will more than likely become a full-time job.

Reality: There is no guarantee or promise that temporary work will become a full-time job, and chances are it won’t. Some people confuse work-to-hire and temporary positions. In a work-to-hire position, an employer takes on an employee on a contractual basis to see if they are the right fit for a full-time position — like dating. Employers typically approach temporary staffing agencies with the intent to fill short-term needs. This includes seasonal work or specific projects. Is it impossible to turn temporary work into full time work? Definately not, but the majority do not.

Myth: I’ll be treated like a full-time employee.

Reality: Temporary employees often do not receive the same benefits as full-time employees. Benefits include necessities like health care, unemployment benefits, social security, medicare, 401K plan and workers compensation. While these laws vary by state, many companies are not required to give these benefits in full to temporary and seasonal workers. For example,if you take a temporary labor-intensive job and are injured, the employer is not required to compensate you. Expert workers compensation attorneys Hardison & Cochran report that more than 900,000 workers suffered injuries in 2011, a number that continues to grow annually.

Myth: There will be more freedom in a temporary position vs. a full time one.

Reality: While temporary employees are not given the same benefits as full-time employees, they’re often given the same expectations.

“You don’t get any benefits to speak of, you only get paid for what you work … no sick time, no paid vacation,” said Brian Dupuy, a computer technician in Des Moines in a story by Martha C White for NBC News.

Lack of benefits like sick days, personal days and vacation, make for a not-so-free lifestyle and can cause a quicker burnout. Being that temporary work is just that, temporary, many temporary employees find stress in not knowing if or when they will need to find new work. Anyone who has had to look for a job knows that job search is a job in itself, causing many temporary workers to spend the time they aren’t working, searching for new or permanent work.


About the author:  Nik Donovic resides in the Southwest and enjoys the simpler things in life, like spending time with friends and family or hiking on a warm and clear day. Though Nik believes life can be a bit materialistic at times, being simple about things is kind of his  mantra. He would, ideally, like nothing more than to settle down on a tropical island somewhere and just live life day by day, but it seems that it’s impossible. For now.




  1. It’s interesting that temporary employees don’t receive the same benefits as full-time employees. I wonder how a personal injury would be handled without workers’ compensation. Thanks for clearing up some of the misconceptions I had about part-time employment.

  2. I wonder if anyone really expects full-time benefits when they are hired for a temporary/seasonal job. Since the nature of your job is not guaranteed to be long term, it just doesn’t make sense for an employer to make those investments. If they’re only going to keep you for two months and lay you off after New Year’s, they would tell you that in your interview, and they wouldn’t be trying to get you to take the job by boasting that they offer benefits if you’re not eligible for it.