What is temping?
Publishers contact us to book temps when they need an extra pair of hands to help them meet a deadline or when they are extra busy. These roles are also urgent with almost immediate starts. Our clients also need temps to cover sick leave or to cover whilst a new permanent team member is being recruited. They may even consider the temp! Temp roles can range from 2 days up to 6 months and can be extended further and even lead to a permanent role.
Temping with Atwood Tate
The Temps/Freelancers team cover roles across the entire publishing industry including trade and educational, Academic, Science as well as professional and B2B, digital and print. They
also cover administration, finance, HR, marketing, and
The team are:
Millar (Temps/Freelancers Manager) firstname.lastname@example.org
(Senior Recruitment Consultant) NoviaKingshott@atwoodtate.co.uk
Anna Slevin (Temps/Freelancers
Anna is a former Atwood Tate temp herself and had a few admin placements in Accounts Payable and Publications Teams. As
she can testify temps are paid weekly on Fridays and receive holiday pay which
goes into a “pot” they draw from when they go on annual leave. Temps can be
paid by hour or have a day rate depending on the job.
clients aren’t all publishers but have a busy publishing team. These also
include a royal academic society, a charity or even a
standards or ratings publisher. A lot of the time when temping, skills are
readily transferrable and employers are more flexible regarding your work
background. Marketing roles are particularly easy to transfer across or
specialist knowledge such as science or law can be very useful in editorial for
those specialist subject publishers.
How will temping benefit me and is an extension guaranteed?
Sometimes temps cover a role more senior or more junior than they
would typically expect. This could be in a different area to one they have
worked in before or one they do because they love what the publisher works on and the job. Temping is great for exploring the industry
and various companies.
Temp roles will often say “extensions possible” this is because
roles can be extended for more days and weeks or a contract on the publisher’s
payroll could be offered. There are no guarantees but it does happen and you
are more than welcome to apply for internal vacancies while working for that
publisher which may not be available to the general public.
Candidates do come to Atwood Tate specifically wanting temp or
freelance work but quite often they are looking for a permanent job but don’t
yet have the required experience so the Temps team can help to get that ‘foot
in the door’. Once a candidate has a bit more experience in publishing, the
Permanent Team can help look for a permanent role in publishing. Kellie and
Novia can help you to build up that in-house experience.
What is the recruitment process for temping?
A role comes in. We tell you about it / You express interest. We put
you forward. If the client chooses your CV you can start working immediately or there
may be a telephone interview or even a face to face interview. Interviews are
less formal and shorter with temp roles.
As a Temp: work hard + submit timesheets + be paid on Fridays =
WORK IN PUBLISHING!!!
(You also learn a lot no matter how well you know the role and get to work with some really lovely people.)
With contributions from Anna Slevin