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Temping can work for you

Karen Young offers advice on how to make the most of your temporary assignments

February 2016

Interim accountancy professionals, or temps, generally work across all levels of finance, from transactional roles to qualified team leaders and even round the board table, to help organisations meet the peaks in demand of business activity.
In fact, the Hays UK Salary & Recruiting Trends 2016 report found that nearly half (42%) of those finance employers planning to recruit in the coming year expect to recruit temporary staff, and our recruiters are seeing that opportunities for finance temps are more plentiful than this time last year. For an ambitious finance professional, temping can provide the opportunity to gain broader experience of different industries and quickly learn how to adapt to different working environments.
Looking ahead, many organisations are approaching financial year-end and with increased business activity for many finance departments now is the time to be looking at the opportunities for temporary work. We expect that as business growth continues and employers plan to hire in the coming year there will be many opportunities for you to take full advantage of the career benefits of temping.
If you are temping in the lead up to the end of the financial year, here’s how to make the most of your assignment:
• Temping allows you the opportunity to work on different projects and move on to new challenges more frequently, giving you a broader range of skills and experiences in different environments and different industry sectors.
• The exposure you can gain from temping can also help you understand where your strengths lie and help you form your overall career plan.
• When temping, you will work under a number of different management styles and temping allows you to build up new people skills and a strong professional network that can make you more attractive to new employers in the future.
For more about Hays Accountancy & Finance and current opportunities visit www.hays.co.uk/pq
• Karen Young, Director, Hays Accountancy and Finance

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