Hiring temporary or contract staff in South Africa

As your business demands change and grows, you may notice areas within your organization that require more manpower or a specialist approach.
Hiring a temporary employee is a great option for many businesses, so whatever your needs may be, there is always a temporary employee out there with the right skill set to fill that gap. Temporary workers, or ‘temps’, are a valuable resource for many organisations, that can save money and give you access to new skills, which can add a great deal of value to any business. The right temps can also lead to being meaningful hires.

Reasons for hiring temp and contract staff:

  • Maternity cover
  • Projects within the business
  • Headcount freeze
  • Lack of a legal entity in South Africa
  • Increased periods of activity

Benefits of employing temps via Michael Page:

  • Quick turnarounds: Benefit from fast impact as contractors/temp workers can hit the ground running and provide immediate solutions
  • Flexibility of termination: Working on an urgent project? A contractor can start as soon as tomorrow
  • Trial new roles
  • Financial savings: Hiring temps and contractors is cost-effective and friendly to your bottomline in the long run
  • Free replacement should the temp leave before the conclusion of their assignment
  • HR administration managed by Michael Page
  • Invoiced on work actually done by the candidate
  • Specialist consultants

Case study

Client: A large mining organization

Client Situation:

Post the departure of the CFO, the organization’s Finance department was undergoing a restructure to drive efficiency and 3 roles needed to be filled. As a result of the restructure, the organization was facing a roadblock directly hiring 3 candidates on a full time basis. This is when they approached us to support.

Our Solution: 

  • We met face to face with the organization to understand the exact requirements of the roles. Given the hiring limitations posed by the restructure, we recommended not only identifying/recruiting candidates who would work on a temporary basis but also we would be able to directly employ them on the organization’s behalf. 
  • The organization was impressed with the experience of the shortlisted candidates we identified within 24 hours of the meeting. 
  • Interviews were scheduled, and subsequently, an offer was made to a candidate for each of the 3 roles. 
  • Michael Page directly employed the 3 candidates who signed up on a temp basis, helping the organization bypass their hiring constraints and additional administration.  
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