What are the Differences Between a Staffing Agency and a Temp Agency

October 5, 2021

With the holidays just around the corner already (can you believe it!) companies are beginning their search for holiday employment. In almost every industry, the holidays are the busiest time of the year and often employers seek out additional help during this time, but how do they get this help and how can you find some of these positions? One of the most popular ways for employers and employees to find fits for these positions is through either a Staffing Agency or a Temp Agency. But if both agencies help people find employment then what is the difference between the two?

The main difference is the length of employment with the agency. Staffing agencies typically offer long-term/full-time opportunities, whereas temp agencies typically offer short-term/part-time employment opportunities.

A Temp Agency typically offers just that, temporary employment. These positions can last anywhere from one day to several months and it is not uncommon for employees to be sent to several locations throughout the duration of their employment. These roles typically include single-day assignments, seasonal opportunities, or specialty projects. These positions are typically in need of urgent placement and the interview process is usually very swift to get you in the door as soon as possible. These positions are typically entry-level and require little to no training to get you started based on your existing skillset. The agency’s main duty is to quickly find someone that fills the role, while also fitting the skill set required to complete the position, as possible. These positions can often be good resume boosters and can provide you an insight into a potential career path that you may be interested in.

While staffing agencies also offer temporary work, they overall provide opportunities at a wider range and include positions with long-term employment. Some other options you may find at a staffing agency are contract work, direct-hire, and temp-to-hire. Staffing agencies also provide a larger variety of job industries including, but not limited to administrative, industrial, construction, engineering, technical, manufacturing, medical, and more. Additionally, staffing agencies typically work to find the right fit for the role, rather than quick employee turnaround. Staffing agencies follow a more traditional interview process and will work closely with HR or ownership to see what kind of employee they are looking for to fill the available role. They will usually offer a set of questions specific to the position and may even inquire about your lifestyle to make sure that you’re a good fit for the culture. At the same time, staffing agencies also can work to the advantage of the employee and will help you find the right fit that meets your needs and lifestyle. 

While both of these agencies do a great job at filling the role at hand, it’s truly up to you as the employer or employee to figure out which best fits your needs. Are you in need immediately and are only looking for someone temporarily, or are you in search of a candidate that fits your needs that will become a part of your company? The same thing for the employer, are you searching for some quick cash, maybe on the side, or an opportunity that has you starting immediately, or are you searching for a position to help you advance in your career? Whichever best fits your needs, an agency will be able to help.

If you’re searching for a staffing agency to help you find the best candidate for your available position, or if you’re searching for a career opportunity, visit our website to learn more about how Condustrial can help.

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