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Agency work & temping, would you recommend?

  • 30-12-2022 9:47pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,071 ✭✭✭

    Interested to hear some feedback of people's experiences of working through recruitment agencies as agency temps.

    Would you recommend it, was it a worthwhile experience?

    Has it ever led to a long term employment?

    Thank you for reading.


  • Registered Users Posts: 25,259 ✭✭✭✭Mrs OBumble

    Yes. It's better than being unemployed.

    Yes - worthwhile because I got paid vs not being paid.

    And yes, I've had a couple of agency gigs turn long term. Doesn't always happen, depends what else is going on in the company.

    All that said:

    It's not a way to build experience, as some recommend. You are expected to go in and hit the ground running, knowing the stuff that you said you knew. If you're lucky you'll learn something new.

    You will get to do the shittiest jobs, that the permanent staff don't want to do.

    You're there to work, not make friends. Some places are polite to you, some not so much.

    Any problems with you, you're out the door. So keep your opinions to yourself.

    On the first day, turn up early, with your lunch and anything you'll need for the day. Don't assume access to a canteen, microwave, or local shop unless you know the neighbourhood.

    Make sure that you get your timesheet signed each week, and submitted to the right place by the right time.

    If you're there for a while, make sure you understand what procedures the client and your pimp want you to follow for leave approvals, sickness etc. In some places, the agency is expected to fill the seat if you're not there. Others not.

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators Posts: 9,431 Mod ✭✭✭✭Jim2007

    It depends a lot on what your objective is....

    • If you are not interested in a career or permanent job, just a way to get cash, it is the way to go
    • If you are in a position to command significant fees, but don't want the hassle of marketing yourself, handling customer relations, admin etc, it is the way to go
    • If you have the attitude that work is not a social activity and you are not there to be liked or integrate, just get the job done and go home, it is ideal.
    • If you are trying to gain experience in new areas for career advancement probably not
    • If you seeking an entry towards full time employment - may be, may be not, it depends on the company.