Member since 5/2/09
In reply to AdaH
Date: 2/4/12 5:38 PM
I have done temp work in financials before and few other things. I think the most important thing to understand, is that your agency is your only employer no matter what, and spent all the money to recruit you, (even if it was only an add in the yellow book pages of the telephone book sometimes and their personnel costs) and run your payroll checks, and do all that human resources work/government tax reporting on you, (and take all the liablilty on you too) and not the physical location you are at. And the way it works most times, is there is a huge "head hunters" fee on your head, to reimburse that agency, no matter what, if you were to decide to work for them perm and for real (the client company) instead.Or they ever want you that way. It most times works that way, no matter what your job title or what that consists of, or what your salary is. But read your contract to see.
What this means, to you; most times is that if you let them send you to a location, and you work even one hour there, then that client company really cannot hire you direct, as more a free agent, for most times a specified time period in the future, as specified in your contract with them, and the client company, often even for a year or two years down the road, without first paying off that huge head hunters kind of temp agency fee on your head, to the agency. Even if your agency does not talk about that with you and make a big deal out of it, when you join up. They don't have to, as most times it's in the contract you sign with them even. so as long as you sign, it applies. Most times, my head hunter fee on that, was about $10,000 and on up. As a one time, payment then, (from client company to agency, not out of my pocket at all though) in order to break the contract legally.
This is how it works most times, if an Agency places both temp or direct, or even temp to perm. It still works that way most times, even if a company you are physically at, pays for you temp, and says they might sometime in the future or even does hire you later as perm too. Even if you are not privy to seeing all of that, or knowing the exact amount, they might pay, for you, for that service.
Twice, I did have that happen for me. But never quite that way, just alol by it's self. Once I even cut my own check for that, back to the agency, at the client company a week later, which I thought was kind of funny even, as the position that occurred in, just also happened to be the one that cut the checks. However that might never have happened, or never been hired on as just permanent instead, if I had not done some stuff on purpose to make that happen.
In one case I had worked someplace temp prior, did stuff they valued and saved/made them money, so was desired, so they called me back and wanted me back temp later, and I was not too interested in that, so just said no, won't do it, unless you do permanent instead, and you will have to pay that huge head hunters fee to my agency. They thought about it for about a day, and agreed. And worked it out then, with the agency. So all turned out good for everyone, and all on the up and up and no legal and binding contracts broken at all.
Another time I signed up for a different Agency, that placed both temp and perm (keeping in mind they were going to get their cut in either about 1/2 over my paycheck each week or a head hunters fee paid by hiring company, if hired straight in from them anyplace) and they on their first send out, they sent me to a "job interview" they said could be temp to perm, and while there, I liked them, they liked me, and I was just honest and upfront with them, and just told them (the client company) if they wanted my full attention, they needed to hire me perm right from the get go, or I would still be sort split attention wise and have to keep interviewing for more perm jobs on my own, and even while working there temp. So they thought about that for a day, and decided to hire me perm from the agency, and the agency got their "full regular not temp kind of head hunters fee" on me, before I even showed up for first real day of work. I'm not sure and was not privy to and did not even bother to check how much that might have cost them, as it really made no difference to me at all. The agency was not mad or upset with me at all, instead actually very happy, as they profited and got their fee, and a lot up front all at the beginning, even maybe more than if they just billed them every week for my salary for a while, and then only paid me maybe 2/3 or 1/2 of that in the end each week.
So if it works out good for someone those kinds of ways, that kind of thing really can happen sometimes. But I would not take a temp job thinking it will always or ever turn out temp to perm, even if that kind of thing is mentioned as some kind of inticment either, just because of the above factors, and I think it really does not turn out that way most times, unless you are pretty active in doing some stuff (and other than only just a good job at whatever you do) to make that happen though.
So if you want to be hired someplace in particular direct someday within a limited time period, sometimes best not to let any agency send you there more temp instead, as then you actually do have all those other factors and pay outs factoring in also too and sometimes they really do not work to your advantage at all. On the other hand, if you really hate job interviews, and finding jobs, and prefer to let some Agency sort of do a lot of the work for you, then maybe it's not really always a bad thing at all, and actually more a really good thing sometimes instead. I could see how it could go both ways.