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Temporary Work

What Is Temping?

Temporary work is a way of earning money whilst being in between permanent jobs, studying or in order to fit in with a lifestyle. It is also a great way to gain experience in different environments, add some valuable skills to your cv and meet new people. You will get paid on a weekly basis and because it’s flexible, you get to choose when and where you work.

Temporary assignments can vary in length, anything from one day to one which is ongoing and sometimes they can be a route into a permanent position. We cover a whole range of office based assignments with some of our fantastic clients in the North West.

Temporary Worker FAQs

We try to make the whole temping process as easy as possible for you, but if this is your first time as a Temporary worker for Alexander Hancock Recruitment, you may have some questions about how it all works.

We’ve listed below some of our most frequently asked questions but if you have any other queries, just get in touch we will be happy to help!

Temporary Work FAQ

When being paid for temporary work it is essential that you fill out a weekly timesheet throughout your time in the role. The timesheet enables us to directly transfer your wage into your bank account the following week, dependent on the number of hours you have recorded that you have worked that week. If you work any overtime, this must be agreed in advance with the client with whom you are under employment with. We must also be informed of any overtime as not all of our clients operate an overtime time scheme. Each place of work will operate differently and overtime time schemes will therefore vary. As in permanent work, you will still receive payslips and these will be sent to you detailing all necessary information, including amount earned, deductions of tax and NI.
You will be paid weekly in arrears, otherwise known as a ‘week in hand’, on a Tuesday. (Subject to be delayed due to Bank Holidays).
All timesheets must be sent to by 12.00pm midday on a Friday. When sending in your timesheets you must ensure that all are named, dated and signed off by yourself and the client in which you are in employment as failure to comply may affect your pay.
Should you need to make any changes to your personal information you must contact
When you are working in a temporary role as appointed by Alexander Hancock, you will receive your payment a week in hand or in arrears.
  • SSP - Statutory Sick Pay,
  • SMP - Statutory Maternity Pay,
  • SPP - Statutory Paternity Pay, Adoption pay.
All of the above forms of pay will depend on each individual’s circumstances. Should you feel you are entitled to any of the above forms of pay whilst in your temporary role, please contact 0161 929 6665 and ask to speak to the Temps department.
If you decide that you no longer wish to continue your role as a temp for Alexander Hancock Recruitment, you will still receive your holiday pay entitlement. In order to secure this pay you must contact the Temps department and request any outstanding holiday pay, along with your P45 as this will not automatically happen.
Any holiday requests must be dealt with by the Temps division. Should you need to request a holiday you must request the relative dates through the temps division with at least 1 weeks advance notice.
We are aware that agencies’ and companies’ holiday year can run at different times. At Alexander Hancock, the holiday year runs from January to December.
You will not automatically be paid for Bank Holidays, however, should you wish to request to have a Bank Holiday off you may do this through the same process as a normal Holiday request.
Holiday pay entitlement must be taken within the same year in which it is accrued. You cannot carry over any holidays to the following holiday year.
Should, at any point, you temporary contract lead to a permanent job through the company itself, please let us know as soon as possible and we will be able to assist you through the transition. If any permanent opportunities come up, we will be sure to inform you as soon as possible.
At Alexander Hancock, we offer excellent temporary rates, holiday pay and bonuses which all comply with National Minimum Wage Regulations. For each new booking you undertake, an hourly rate is agreed with you and is determined by the position and skills required for the current role.
Since 1 October 2011, the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR), has given temporary workers the entitlement to the same basic employment rights and working conditions as if they had been recruited directly by the company. Since this law has been enforced, the AWR has provided temporary staff with benefits and opportunities. Benefits including full access to shared amenities and facilities e.g. Canteens and vending machines, staff areas and lockers, car parking and provision of transport services, etc. from the first day of starting work to the chance to apply directly for a full time or hired position at the company you are temping with at week 12 can all differ dependent on the length of time you have been working in the role.

Whilst on Assignment with Alexander Hancock Recruitment Ltd


Whilst on assignment through Alexander Hancock Recruitment, it is expected that you will be suitably presented for work in line with the dress code and expectations of the organisation with which you are working.
Please conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times and try to keep interviews, personal calls and appointments to an absolute minimum during the working day.


Use of client’s equipment to browse the Internet, send personal emails or make personal calls is not permitted and unless otherwise asked, your mobile should be switched off during working hours.


Please respect the code of conduct and regulations of whichever organisation you are assigned to ensuring that you maintain confidentiality at all times.

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