Full-Time VS Temporary Employees

One of the most important decisions you will make as a business owner is the hiring of new staff. There are many different factors that contribute to who you choose to add to your team, the main one being what value they can bring to the company.

Before deciding who to hire, the first decision you need to make in the process, is are you going to hire a full-time member of staff, or are you going to look for a temporary worker? In order to help you make this decision, we have put together this post, taking a look at the pros and cons of each type of worker as well as noting some key things to consider for each category of employee.

Full-time employees


  • Job security helps employees to settle in and feel more comfortable in certain work environments, it allows them to feel like they are fully part of the team and can often feel more pride in their position than temporary workers.
  • Having someone in a permanent position within a business means only having to train them on most aspect once whereas if you hired temporary workers for set periods of time, you may end up investing a lot of your time on training them to do a task the way you want them to.
  • Hiring full-time employees mean having someone there that you can grow to know and trust. Some jobs you need to delegate might be sensitive meaning that giving them to temporary employees may not be an option.


  • Having full-time employees means having to pay a monthly salary all year round even when your business is having a quiet period, however if you know that certain times of the year can be quiet for your company, you can choose to not employee temporary workers during that time.
  • You have to invest a lot of time in developing full-time employees to make sure that they continue to be satisfied with the job that they are doing.

Temporary Workers


  • Lower costs overall. Hiring a temporary worker means advertising for the exact right person to fit your company and the role, extensive training and often overtime costs. Hiring temporary workers eliminates the bulk of these costs.
  • Hiring even one full-time employee involves a lot of time and energy, whereas hiring temporary employees usually means that the majority of the process is outsourced to a team of professionals.
  • Hiring temporary workers allows you to be flexible, if you aren’t too sure if you are going to have the finances to be able to keep someone on in the long term, temporary worker
  • Temporary contracts allow you to ‘try before you buy’. If the worker isn’t a brilliant fit for your company, then you don’t have to keep them on past the contracted period. No long-term commitment is required


  • They usually do not have the same sense of company loyalty that you tend to get with full-time employees.
  • Sometimes, hiring temporary staff can cause full-time staff to become threatened and as a result they don’t integrate as well with the existing team as a full-time employee would.

In general, if you need additional resource for a short amount of time to deal with an influx in work, then the best option would be to hire a temporary worker. However, if you are looking for someone to take on a consistent role within the team, then full-time is your best bet.

There is always temp-to-perm where you can test an employee by taking them on temporarily but have the chance to take them on full time in the future if you decide that you need something a little more permanent.

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