Many terms, descriptions and definitions are used to describe Temporary Labor. I suppose the reason is the evolution of the workforce! Or is it simply a way to confuse those looking to find specific skill sets?
Sourcing temporary labor is never easy. To begin with you require a clear definition of what type of labor you are planning to source as well as a good understanding of national and local labor laws. Quite often companies fall into the trap of using a temporary labor agencies job descriptions that are not clearly defined and way to broad. In fact many times these descriptions are not more than catchall categories. As an example, can someone please tell me what job descriptions fall into the industrial work category? For each of you that try, we will most likely end up with a collection of descriptions that are several multiples larger than the number of people responding. In fact, this is what agencies are looking for because “One mans meat is another mans poison”. Without a clear definition you are at the mercy of sourcing agencies. An example might be how an agency differentiates between a secretary, administrative assistant and an executive assistant and how they up charge for each.
If you were to visit Wikipedia one of the world’s greatest sources of data and search for the term Temporary Labor, you would receive the following The page “Temporary labor” does not exist. They would however give you a link on that page to the subject Temporary Work where the following paragraph gets you started with what you are looking for.
Temporary work or temporary employment refers to a situation where the employee is expected to leave the employer within a certain period of time. Temporary employees are sometimes called “contractual”, “seasonal”, “interim”, “casual staff”, or “freelance”; or the word may be shortened to “temps.”
The key when trying to source temporary labor is that if you are looking to source temporary work and do not want to get taken advantage of, your specifications and terms and conditions need to be spot on as to what you are looking for. The more detail you provide the better because grey area is where you will end up paying for more than you are asking for.
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