Most businesses will use a contingent workforce, made up of freelancers, consultants, temporary workers, and interim professionals. This workforce is made up of different skills, specialisms, and attitudes. There are significant differences between a temporary worker and an interim professional which we all need to know and referring to one as the other can lead to problems.
A temporary worker tends to be in a supportive role and, more often than not, are classed as employees of the recruitment agency or recruitment consultancy and will be assigned to a specific company for a certain period of time.
Temporary workers will be paid on a PAYE basis. Whilst they are happy to work on a temporary basis with various companies, their goal is to find a permanent role. From the company’s perspective, these are workers of the staffing agency. These workers are their employees, so they are responsible for them in the workplace.
Interim professionals on the other hand work for themselves. They generally operate through a limited company and have responsibility for their own taxes and fulfilment of legal obligations. Interims are engaged by a business for the completion of a specific reason. The focus is not on how the work gets done; the focus is on the results.
The relationship is business to business and at no time are they an employee of the consultancy.