Your Temporary and Permanent Assignments Questions Answered

Temporary/Permanent Assignment FAQs

How much notice will I get before I start an assignment?

This will vary and depend on the nature of the assignment. In some cases we can give you a few weeks' notice if the client books in advance, and in other circumstances we may get informed as late as the day that you are needed! 

We will give you as much notice as possible, but remember that there is no pressure to accept an assignment if the notice period is too short for you.

Who is my employer when I am on a Temporary Assignment?

Direction Recruitment is legally your employer when on assignment. Your employment contract is with us and as your employer, we pay your wages, holiday pay, sick pay when entitled and other compulsory deductions you legally must make. 

Remember: Please keep us informed if your assignment changes in duration or duties required.

What should I wear to an interview?

We will tell you about the environment and dress code before you commence a new temporary assignment. Clean and tidy being the rule.

Can I use my mobile phone when working on assignment?

Yes, of course you can, but just not on the client’s time. We recommend the following: Make sure you have a voice mail facility set up so you can receive messages and check them during your breaks. 

All personal calls should be kept to emergency only or with your supervisor’s permission.

Can temporary work add value to my career?

Definitely! Temping has grown in popularity both from a life style and/or necessity perspective. As well, temp work is considered a highly valuable addition to any CV. 

Not only do your temping experiences demonstrate your motivation, resilience, flexibility and adaptability (all highly valued qualities) but the following benefits apply: 

  • Each assignment adds to your skill base 

  • Temping shows an enthusiasm for learning  

  • Assignments completed well result in positive feedback and additional referee sources for you – both agency and the organisation 

  • Exposure to different working environments and opportunities lets you to see ‘behind the doors’ – this in turn means you are able to identify the types of company cultures that allows you to excel 

  • Being offered a permanent role is very common so temping has become a key method in securing permanent work, if desired  

  • As you experience the world of temping we recommend you add the details of each assignment to your resume, including assignment objectives and achieved results

Can I get time off while I’m working on an assignment?

We would not expect you to need time off in short-term assignments, as you have agreed to be available in this period of time. If you are attending interviews for permanent jobs, they should be made outside normal business hours where possible. 

Always check with us first (not the client) no matter how little time off is needed, so that we can liaise with the client.

Will you look for permanent work for me while I’m temping?

Absolutely – as long as we know that’s what you want! Make sure you let us know your work requirements, both now and in the future, so that we can be on the lookout for the ideal opportunity for you.

What if I don’t like the assignment / company / colleagues / location?

Sometimes, for whatever reason, an assignment may not be exactly what you expected. Whether it be problems with public transport or personal differences with other staff, we recommend that the best thing for you to do is to call us immediately. 

We are always here to help you and will sort out any concerns/problems you have both effectively and objectively.