Temp to perm recruitment

Hiring temporary staff in Australia.

Many candidates are hired from just 1 or 2 application stages. Knowing you’ve got the right candidate can be difficult… and making a permanent hire can sometimes feel risky.

Sound familiar? ‘Temp to perm hiring’ could be a good route for you to take.


Over 85% of temporary roles we fill turn into permanent hires.

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What is temp to permanent hiring?

We call it ‘try before you buy’.

Hire a temporary member of staff with a short 1-6 month trial period.

Assess that they’re up to the job and then decide whether to hire them for a permanent role.

Our temp to perm hiring strategy

How it works

Planning & strategy

You’ll be assigned an Account Manager (an expert in your industry) who will work with you to understand the type of candidates you’re looking for.

Valuable resources

You’ll have access to our database of exceptional candidates and our wealth of graduate recruitment expertise, all at an affordable rate.

No up-front costs

No large fees, without compromising on quality. You’ll pay a temporary contract retainer each month, then pay a reduced rate if you decide to transition to permanent.

Benefits of hiring temporary employees

Considering temp to perm hiring for your company? Here are some of the great benefits of hiring temporary staff for your business…

Reduces hiring risk

Temp to perm hiring is not just based on a few interview rounds. A short trial period allows you to see the candidates’ suitability, before potentially offering them a permanent job.

Flexible hiring

If you don’t wish to hire, the placement ends. We can then either look for someone else or stop the process if you decide that the role isn’t a full-time opportunity.

Easing the growth transition

One of the advantages of hiring temporary workers is that if you wish to change to a permanent contract, the transition period can be smooth and easy as they’ll already be integrated into the business.

Open the market

A temp to perm solution could widen market for you. If you’re replacing a mid-level employee, do you need that experience level again? Or could someone junior but enthusiastic, without any previous ‘bad habits’ be ideal?

Improved performance levels

Temp-to-perm hires will most likely be eager to secure a permanent position and willing to go the extra mile to show their dedication.

Employees can evaluate their fit

Hiring workers on a temporary basis gives them the opportunity to see if the company fits well for their own career development. So, you’ll be taking on permanent employees who are passionate and committed to the business.

How to implement temp to hire successfully

As a temp to hire agency specialising in graduate recruitment, we’re invested in helping businesses successfully onboard temp hires to help ensure our candidates are looked after, perform their best, and go on to receive permanent contracts with our clients. Here’s how to ensure you create an environment that allows temp staff to thrive.

Make proper introductions

When onboarding temporary personnel, it’s crucial that they’re properly introduced to team members they’ll be working with, just as new permanent hires would be.

Assign a mentor

New office environments can be hectic (even remote), so assigning a mentor can ensure temp to perm employees are supported and have a point of contact they can go to with any queries.

Be transparent about progression

Be honest and realistic about the chances of the role becoming permanent. Whether it depends on demand after the trial period or employee performance, it’s in everyone’s best interests to let your temp workforce know.

Be clear on responsibilities

To ensure your temp to perm employees contribute efficiently, be clear on responsibilities from the outset. Demonstrate the quality and quantity of work expected and how their role fits into the bigger picture.

Elicit effective teamwork

Treating hires as part of the team and properly onboarding them will help them feel settled in their role and show they are valued – all helping to boost motivation and performance.

Organise regular check-ins

Organise periodic check-ins to see how they are doing, if they require any additional training, and if there are any shortcomings that need to be addressed.

Set clear expectations

It’s a good idea to set achievable targets, especially if a role transitioning to permanent depends on employee performance. Outlining how to pass probation and gain a permanent contract is a great way to boost performance.

Provide relevant training

It’s important to provide your temp to perm workers with the training and resources required for excellent performance and to achieve their targets.

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Questions about temp-to-perm recruitment

  • This is up to you to decide, but often temp to perm contracts will be somewhere between 0-6 months as the initial trial period.

    The duration of the trial period can be stopped at any time and easily changed to a permanent contract, and if you don’t wish to hire during or after the trial period, the placement ends.

    If you’re looking to hire temp workers, get in touch to find out how we can help with your temporary to permanent hiring needs.

  • Temporary recruitment is slightly different to temp to perm, although sometimes used interchangeably.

    Temporary hires are usually only required for seasonal spikes in demand or for short-term projects. Whereas temp to perm staff are hired with the view of eventually becoming a permanent employee.

  • No matter how well-structured and thorough a hiring process is, sometimes a candidate who interviews with ease and has a great CV may end up being a poor fit for the role.

    This can cost the company time and resources in both the short and long term. One of the advantages of hiring temporary staff is that you have a trial period to reduce the impact of unsuitable hires.

    By placing a candidate in a working environment and tasking them with the duties expected of their role, you can assess their capabilities and see how they fit with the existing team.

    Using our temp to perm recruitment services…

  • Temp employees still have rights and should have the same high working conditions as your permanent hires. They are also entitled to benefits such as annual leave and sick pay.

    Temporary employees who are hired on a temp to perm contract have the benefit of spending time learning about their role and the ethos of the company, and then assessing if the role is right for them before committing to a permanent contract.

  • So, what is temp to hire and how is it different to temp to perm? The answer is, they’re the same thing.

    It’s a job role in which the candidate is initially hired temporarily or with a “probation period”, but with the intention of becoming permanent if they perform well and “pass” probation.

    With our temp to perm hiring services, candidates have a 1-6 month trial period (your choice), allowing you to make a well-educated and informed decision about whether to make a permanent hire based on a candidate’s performance in real life work situations.

  • A temp to perm staffing strategy can suit companies of all shapes and sizes across many industries.

    Once familiar with the role and trained with your policies and procedures, it is an easy transition to a permanent role which allows companies to better accommodate growth without disruptions.

    This makes it a great option for startups looking to hire on a temporary basis, as temp to perm hires can get stuck straight into projects without the need for further orientation.

    Something that does need to be considered, however, is that as a new addition to the company and potentially their first job, they will require good support and guidance.

    Our temp to perm hiring process provides employers with support in onboarding graduate temporary workers to ensure they’re integrated efficiently, thus retaining staff for longer.

  • Hiring with a temp to perm recruitment strategy means your business can benefit from high-performance levels of temporary workers looking to impress.

    Their hardworking nature can also help motivate and improve your permanent employees’ performance levels.

    Having worked closely with graduates for over 10 years, at Give a Grad a Go we know graduates possess a hunger to learn and want to prove themselves from day one.

    This drive makes graduates a great fit for startups, helping you to reduce staffing costs whilst also improving the work rate of the team.

    If you’re looking to hire temporary employees for your startup, get in touch today.