Temporary work has many advantages. Since companies in Belgium are not allowed to give employees a trial period, it´s a great alternative to way to get your foot in the door. So, how much do you earn as temp? What are the benefits of this kind of work, and are you entitled to any holidays? Below we have some answers to the most important questions you might have.
1. What are the advantages of temporary work?
Depending on the moment in your career and your personal situation, temporary work can have many advantages.
There are many reasons why people would want more flexibility: for example, you may want to combine working with traveling. Or because you are looking for a better work-life balance. A temporary position gives you the freedom work at the time that suits you best.
A way to gain experience and develop your skills
Although it´s certainly not the case for everybody, there is a growing group of young professionals who find temporary work a good way to gain experience in different sectors and under new ways of working. According to PageGroup´s Index, 80% of all employees under 30 expect to develop their skills in the upcoming year, representing the highest percentage throughout all age groups.
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Freelancing and flexi work are definitely regarded by those new to the labour market as a good way of gaining a lot of experience in different sectors.
2. What does temporary work earn?
Temporary workers receive similar salaries to people with permanent contracts, and in fact, this is laid down in the labour law. The temporary worker's salary is usually calculated on an hourly or daily rate and is paid through the Page Personnel/PageGroup payroll.
3. What are the secondary benefits for temporary workers?
Temporary workers are entitled to the same secondary benefits as employees with a permanent contract. That means, for example, that they are entitled to same number of vacation days and the same travel allowance.
4. What are reasons companies hire temporary workers?
Companies engage people on a temporary basis for many reasons including the following:
- To cover for maternity leave or other absences
- During particularly busy periods of the year
- Assistance with special projects
- To analyse whether a new position needs to be made into a permanent one
5. Are temporary worker entitled to holidays?
Temporary workers are entitled to the same number of holidays as employees with a permanent contract. That means that they are entitled to 20 days per year, on a fulltime basis (38 hours). Page Personnel pays holiday pay, along with standard hourly pay from the beginning of each assignment to all temporary workers.
6. How do I stay in work?
Professionalism and the maintenance of excellent relations with your consultant and our clients are the crucial factors to ensure a steady stream of temping jobs.
Update your consultant on your availability and any changes to your personal details, such as address, phone numbers and email. Also, keep your CV up-to-date with newly acquired experience and skills learnt.