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Companies: Why You Should Consider Temps

Why You Should Consider Temps

Companies: Why You Should Consider Temps

Our articles on temping have typically been to inform candidates of the many benefits that come with temping, both professionally and personally. But today, we’d like to point out the many reasons why temping is such a useful avenue for clients to consider.

  • The flexibility of temps also means company flexibility.

If you’re expanding your team but you’re not quite prepared to hire a permanent person, a temporary employee is a great way to establish exactly what it is you need in terms of additional resources. Maybe you’ve never had extra hands on deck and you’re only now starting to realise the new objectives you can tackle. A temp-to-perm scenario can be a match made in heaven for company and employee alike. As someone grows into a newly created role and reveals the kind of results that can be produced with more staff. The manager can then take these results to HR as Exhibit A on what expanding the team can mean for everyone.

But more than that,

  • Temps bring their own expertise with them.

They don’t need to be entry-level candidates acting as a stop-gap. By hiring consultants or veteran freelancers, a company also gets to avail of a temporary worker’s own experiences, the different business practices they’ve witnessed in their time. New blood often means new ideas and even if the worker doesn’t stick around, their contributions can last forever.

And, of course,

  • Temporary workers can provide much needed breathing space to permanent employees.

When the day-to-day administration is taken off their hands, they’re able to concentrate on the bigger picture and implement the projects. This improve service and streamline practices. You can get a lot done when you don’t have to sweat the small stuff. Even if it’s only for a little while.

So, for anyone who’s currently reviewing team numbers or work-loads, don’t commit until you know for sure exactly what you need – try a temp today! Get in touch with Kellie Millar, who manages our Temps and Freelancers desk, or her colleague, Alison Redfearn, and they can send you more workers than you can shake a stick at!

5 reasons to get a temp:

  • Cover sick leave
  • Cover holiday
  • Help with a project
  • Flexibility – have for 1 day / 1 week / 1 month…
  • No admin – we cover all payment, NI, holiday pay, pension

Kellie Millar
E: kelliemillar@atwoodtate.co.uk
Tel: 02070347897

Alison Redfearn
E: alisonredfearn@atwoodtate.co.uk
Tel: 02070347922

You can also contact us with any questions via our social media pages: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube or Instagram.

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Pensions and Temporary Workers

I was reading a book a few nights ago about saving for a pension, as new legislation has been introduced to enrol employees into pension schemes. Not only is this applicable to employees but also temporary workers.

Employees as well as temporary workers will automatically be enrolled into pension schemes where employers match a percentage of the contributions they make. From June 2016 any of Atwood Tate’s temporary workers will be automatically enrolled in our pension scheme after 12 weeks in the same assignment, unless you choose to ‘opt out’. But the contributions you do make into a pension scheme are tax deductible. The minimum contribution by employees is 1% contribution with employers matching this 1% payment. This is set to increase over the following years.

As Manager of the Temps and Freelance Team here, I was a bit sceptical about temporary workers making pensions contributions. Temps work in short term assignments how can it possibly work for them to make pension contributions?  Also when you’re young and you have your whole life in front of you, the last thing you want to think about is saving for old age and retirement.

However, what I learned in this book was something my parents failed to educate me on.

I was intrigued to read, the older you get the bigger your contributions need to be and the more money you should be saving. Being originally from the US and Canada, I also learned you won’t get a full pension in the UK if you have lived here less than 35 years. The book also said the government can only do so much and is trying to make us aware now that you won’t be able to afford to do so many lovely things on a state pension.  Pension legislation is complicated but there are people out there to help.

After reading this, I realised this scheme also helps make people of all ages think about the value of saving, not just for a rainy day, but for all of those wonderful things you will be able to finally do when the kids have left home and you are no longer in the working world, free to enjoy your retirement.

I also started to warm to the idea that starting to save for a pension as a temporary worker is a beginning and a way to get you started early. The younger you are the less you need to start contributing.

I now understand it’s a good idea to save a little now and you can still have holidays when you finally don’t have to work anymore. Live your dreams now and in the future and with good advice and a plan, you can!

For general Pension advice: https://www.gov.uk/workplace-pensions/about-workplace-pensions

If you’d like to more about temping with Atwood Tate and the latest legislation, have a look at our brochure with more information and guidance. Please also call us to sign up!  https://www.atwoodtatepublishingjobs.co.uk/downloads/ATW20_BROCHURE.pdf

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Sarah Franklin

Not everyone in Publishing has a defined job title – there are a lot of freelancers and specialists who make an invaluable contribution to the industry. Sarah Franklin has kindly taken some time out of her hectic schedule to tell us a bit more.

Sarah Franklin has worked in the United Kingdom, the United States and Ireland in all aspects of book publishing : and as in-house Marketing Director, with a literary agency, and as a freelance editor. She is an associate lecturer at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, where she teaches on the MA, Distance Learning and undergraduate programmes. Sarah hosts a weekly book review segment on BBC Radio Oxford and founded and hosts a monthly literary night in Oxford, Short Stories Aloud, which will be part of the Bath and Oxford literary festivals in 2014. Sarah’s writing has appeared in several anthologies and in the Seattle Times, the Guardian, Psychologies magazine and more.

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Your twitter bio describes you as “Writer/editor/book evangelist. Publishing lecturer at #OICPS. Runs @StoriesAloud. Book reviewer on @BBCOxford Drivetime. Mum. Burbler. Tree-hugger.” Can you describe a “typical” day-in-the-life? (If there is such a thing!)
Ha! Some days you could just write ‘faffs around on Twitter’ and be done. There isn’t really a ‘typical’ day, which is part of the appeal, I suppose. If I’m teaching up at Oxford Brookes, then I head up there in the morning and go in to catch up with my colleagues, make sure I’m prepared and get ready for the teaching afternoon. Most weeks involve a day when I’m either in Oxford or London (we live between the two, on purpose) to catch up with people for whichever project is highest on the list at the time. The rest of the time, I work from home. I make a list, switch off the Internet, and try and focus. There’s a lot of reading involved (lucky me), so that tends to take place in the evenings or on the train to London.

What sort of role does social media play in your work?
Twitter in particular has been incredibly useful. It provides classic water-cooler company with kindred spirits when I’m working at home (hence the need to switch off the internet) and I’ve made some brilliant real-life friends and colleagues from it. It’s also been directly professional useful – some freelance editorial clients have come that way, and it’s a fabulous method for staying in touch with publishing colleagues from the UK and beyond (before Britain, I worked in publishing in the US and Ireland). Twitter (and, to a lesser degree, Facebook) have been invaluable in terms of communicating with an audience for Short Stories Aloud. We have a fabulously engaged audience (!) and Twitter has really been a great way of continuing the conversations that start at a show and of driving excitement about the next shows. It’s good for book reviewing that way, too; there’s a ready-made extra audience out there, in many ways.

The Man Booker is now open to a lot more authors than previously – can “British” literature really compete with “American”, and vice-versa?
Of course it can! I’m all for the prize being open to the best possible books in the English language, and it almost seems churlish, especially in this increasingly global market, to omit US authors from entry. And whilst the Man Booker is, obviously, a competition, I don’t think that we need to look at British/American audiences as being intrinsically in competition with each other. I’m an optimist; there’s room for all kinds of good writing.

What does the next year hold for Short Stories Aloud? Do you plan to head into other cities with the format?
This has been a fantastic year for Short Stories Aloud; we’ve really consolidated our audience and built a community in Oxford that I’m just ridiculously proud of. And we’ve welcomed some incredible authors, too. Our main aims are to continue to grow the Oxford show in size and strength, and to visit other cities too, even just on a guest basis. We have tentative plans to roll out the format to Bristol in conjunction with the Bristol Short Story Prize; and we’ll be guests in Stroud and at the Bath Literary Festival next March. Tons to be going on with!

What advice would you give someone looking to find work in Publishing?
I would say this because I’m biased, but the Publishing MA at Oxford Brookes gives a brilliantly wide grounding and stands our students in really good stead in terms of job vacancies. Beyond that, I’d say try and get some work experience even if it’s just a couple of weeks here and there, and apply for every single facet of publishing you think sounds even vaguely interesting. It’s such a brilliantly varied industry and there are jobs out there you didn’t even know existed until you’re doing them.

If you could travel five years back in time what advice would you give yourself?
Five years ago I was working in-house in Dublin and just starting to think about moving back to the UK after seven years overseas. I think I’d tell myself to go for it, that freelancing *would* work, even with an international move thrown in and that global borders are more porous than I knew. I’d also tell myself to remember that careers can be a long game and things will start to fall into place if you just have the confidence to keep at them.

Thank you so much for giving us an insight into the life of a busy freelancer. Sarah can be found on twitter @SarahEFranklin and Short Stories Aloud is at @StoriesAloud. I personally can highly recommend SSA as a fantastic literary night out. With cake!

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