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What are the Pros and Cons of Recruiting Permanent and Temporary Staff?

25 November 2020
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Do you have a D365 project that you need to resource but are unsure whether to recruit temporary or permanent staff?

A lot of employers opt for a combination of the two, as this allows businesses to accommodate for seasonal highs and lows. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to decide whether temporary or permanent recruitment is the best option.

At Conspicuous, we know it all comes down to your unique situation, so it’s best to make sure you’re in the know about the pros and cons of each. Knowing this will enable you to adequately resource your project.



1. Longevity

A long-term employee will inevitably feel a level of comfort that short-term employees won’t. For this reason, they might be more motivated to perform well and contribute to your company’s success.

2. Culture and loyalty

A long-term employee will always become more immersed in your company’s culture and, over time, develop a strong loyalty to your brand.

3. Advancement and business growth

It makes more sense to invest in the training and development of permanent employees as these will be the individuals who will play a key role in your business’ growth.


1. Recruiting efforts can be time-consuming

It’s time consuming to find the right long-term fit.

2. Limited availability

A lot of the best candidates will already be in permanent roles somewhere else, this can mean going understaffed until they’re able to officially join your team.

3. Lack of flexibility

It’s a more complex process to make the necessary personnel changes when recruiting a permanent position.



1. Adjust quickly to workload fluctuations

In periods of high demand, hiring temporary resources can provide your company with qualified staff to deal with the fluctuating volume of work.

2. Evaluate workers without commitment

Hiring temporary workers can be a cost effective way of evaluating a potential long-term / permanent candidate without having to make any big commitments.

3. Immediate availability

Temp staff can be delivered by your recruiting agency as soon as you need them.

4. Access to [if uk_office]specialised[/if] [if us_office]specialized[/if] skills

If your current project requires a [if uk_office]specialised[/if] [if us_office]specialized[/if] skill-set that your next project might not, recruiting on a temporary basis gives you access to the [if uk_office]expertise[/if] [if us_office]expertize[/if] you need, only for as long as you need it.


1. Training needs

A temporary employee is still going to require a certain amount of training and guidance.

2. Team fit

You will often find there is a trade-off between hiring someone who’s the right cultural fit for your team, or hiring someone who is ready to hit the ground running.

3. Potential lack of commitment

Temporary staff might lack the same level of motivation as your full-time staff due the short nature of their assignments.

At Conspicuous, we can help you figure out which solution is the best fit for your needs. If you’d like to speak with a member of our Microsoft Dynamics recruitment team, get in touch with us on +44 (0)1483 233 000. Alternatively, visit our contact page and get in touch.

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