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Posted on 16 April 2024

If a business wants to thrive in this arguably challenging economic environment, being able to pivot and adapt to different employment strategies will improve opportunities. Embracing temporary staff offers a strategic advantage; providing access to specialised skills, increased cost-effectiveness, and the agility needed to thrive in a dynamic market. In this blog we’re going to discuss what a ‘Temp’ means, how they can be leveraged in your business, what benefits they can bring and what the future looks like for temporary staff in the UK.

Let’s dive in.

What does ‘Temporary Accounting Staff’ mean in 2024?

A temporary employee, also known as a temp, is someone hired to fill a specific need for a limited time. This could be for a few days, weeks, months, or even to complete a particular project. Companies use temporary staff for various reasons, like covering for employee absences, handling seasonal rushes, or tackling short-term projects.

Temporary workers are employed by the recruitment agency, which handles all payroll responsibilities. This means your HR team won't need to process their payroll, and they can begin work quickly with minimal onboarding from your side.

While temporary employees typically don't receive the same benefits as permanent staff, it can be a good way for them to gain experience and potentially find a permanent role. Some temporary workers prefer the flexibility and variety of working with many different companies.

The Benefits of Utilising Temporary Accounting Staff

You may not have considered utilising temporary staff for your business before, as hiring permanent employees is usually the norm. However, in today's competitive landscape when cost control, speed and operational efficiency are paramount, temporary accounting staff can offer a compelling solution on both fronts. Here's how:

1. Reduced Overhead Costs

Hiring permanent staff comes with a significant financial burden. Salary, benefits, and office space all contribute to a company's overhead. Temporary staff eliminate these ongoing costs. You only pay for the expertise you need, when you need it. Consider a scenario where your company experiences a quarterly sales surge, requiring additional accounting support. Hiring temporary staff allows you to manage this workload spike efficiently without incurring the long-term financial commitment of a permanent hire.

2. Improved Employee Morale

Overburdening permanent staff with excessive workloads can lead to burnout and a decrease in morale. Temporary staff help alleviate pressure during peak periods, allowing your permanent team to maintain a healthy work-life balance. This encourages a more positive and productive work environment for everyone.

3. Access to Specialised Skills

Accounting needs can be diverse, requiring expertise in specific areas like tax regulations, internal audit procedures or complex software implementation. Attracting and retaining permanent staff with such niche skill sets can be challenging and time-consuming.

We specialise in connecting businesses like yours with accountants who possess the exact skills your project demands. This not only saves you valuable time and resources in the recruitment process but also ensures you have the right expertise on hand to complete the task efficiently. Temp professionals bring valuable experience from past projects, offering a fresh perspective to tackle your current challenge.

4. Increased Flexibility & Agility

The business world is unpredictable. Market demands can shift and unexpected workload fluctuations can occur. Temporary accounting staff provide the flexibility needed to adapt to these changes seamlessly. Facing a staff shortage due to maternity leave, sick leave, or unforeseen absences? Temporary workers can fill these gaps without disrupting your business operations.

5. Improved Efficiency & Productivity

Temporary accounting staff possess a ‘Can do’ attitude and are ready to hit the ground running and start contributing to your business immediately. Temporary staff can handle specific tasks, allowing your permanent team to focus on core responsibilities and strategic initiatives. This creates a more productive work environment and maximises your return on investment for both your permanent and temporary workforce.

6. Talent Acquisition

Temporary staff placements can be viewed as an extended trial period. Working with a temporary accountant allows you to assess their skills and work ethic firsthand. If a temporary staff member consistently delivers high-quality work and integrates well with your team, they could be a strong candidate for a permanent position if or when something opens up.

The Future of Temporary Accounting Staff in the UK

The trend of temporary workers becoming a more significant part of the UK accounting workforce is undeniable. While job security and benefits can be challenges associated with temporary work, the flexibility and skill development opportunities make it an attractive option for many accountants.

"Our clients really value the service we provide by providing fast and reliable temporary accounting support at key and critical times. 
We are actually finding more and more businesses are now routinely factoring temp support into their  business plan.
They see temporary support key in working very much hand in hand with their permanent teams"

Julie Warner, Managing Director, Warner Recruitment

Ultimately, temporary accounting work represents a win-win scenario for both businesses seeking adaptable expertise and accountants desiring flexibility and ongoing professional growth.


Temporary staff provide the perfect solution for businesses who have immediate needs and require agility to navigate a difficult market. For accountants, temporary work offers a path to continuous learning, career advancement, and a healthy work-life balance. The future of work in the accounting sector is flexible, and temporary staff are at the forefront of this.

Warner Recruitment

At Warner Recruitment, we pride ourselves on being able to provide quality temporary staff within a couple of hours of being briefed on a role. We've built a network of pre-vetted top performers we know and trust. Regular communication keeps us informed of their availability, ensuring you get the best match quickly. Since these are candidates we've registered in person and have usually placed before, you can be confident in their skills and cultural fit.

If you’re looking to add temporary workers to your team, give us a call on 01604 312332 orclick here to schedule a 15 minute call with us.

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