Pros vs. Cons of Hiring Temporary Workers

Hiring temporary workers can offer advantages and disadvantages, and the decision to do so depends on the specific needs and circumstances of a business. Here are some pros and cons of hiring temporary workers;


1. Flexibility

Temporary workers provide flexibility in adjusting to fluctuating workloads. You can scale your  workforce up or down as needed. Temporary staff offers a great deal of flexibility within your business to support you during peak periods, seasonal demands, to cover absences such as illness or maternity or for larger projects. Many contractors have a specialised skillset and are much more suited to assist short term projects for specific projects for a certain period of time.


2. Cost Savings

When you employ contract workers it can be a cost-effective solution as it can help your cash flow by avoiding the long term financial commitments such as benefits, healthcare, and other perks associated with permanent employees.


3. Specialised Skills

Temporary workers can bring specific skills or expertise that can address immediate project requirements, providing access to a diverse talent pool.


4. Reduced Hiring Time

The hiring process for temporary workers is often quicker than that for permanent employees, enabling businesses to fill positions rapidly during peak periods. Recruitment Agencies will already have a large pool of candidates registered with them looking for work.


5. Trial Period

Hiring a temporary worker will allow you to evaluate a candidate’s performance before considering them for a permanent position. This serves as a trial period to assess compatibility and cultural fit.


6. Reduced Overtime Costs

Instead of having existing employees work overtime, you can also bring in temporary workers to manage increased workloads without incurring high overtime expenses.



1. Lack of Long Term Commitment

Temporary workers may not have the same level of commitment or loyalty as permanent employees.


2. Training and Onboarding Time

Temporary workers may require time for training and onboarding, which can be a challenge if they are needed for a brief period.


3. Potential Disruption to Company Culture

Frequent turnover with temporary workers can disrupt your company culture and teamwork dynamics, as new individuals are constantly integrating into the team.


4. Risk of Inconsistency

Temporary workers may not consistently meet the same standards as permanent employees, leading to variations in work quality and output.


5. Limited Knowledge

Temporary workers may lack a deep understanding of your company’s culture, processes, and long term goals, potentially affecting their ability to contribute effectively.


6. Recruitment Agencies

Relying on recruitment agencies who specialise in supplying temporary workers can add an additional layer into your hiring process.


In conclusion, the decision to hire temporary workers involves weighing the specific needs of the business against the potential drawbacks. When managed effectively, temporary staffing can be a valuable strategy for meeting short term needs and addressing fluctuations in work volume of your business.

If 2020 Recruitment can assist you further with your temporary or permanent hiring plans then please give us a call on 01592 805600 or email [email protected].