Job Seekers

Temporary &
Contract Work

Working with employers across Aberdeen city and shire, we offer positions on a temporary and contract basis across all of our specialist areas of recruitment.

Temporary and Contract working is a positive choice.

  • From entry level to director assignments.
  • Specialist skills that are deployed on a project basis.
  • Return to work after a career break.
  • Develop systems and sector experience.
  • Keep your skills up to date and learn new skills – adding to the richness of your CV.
  • Improve work : life balance.
  • To find out what you like and don’t like!
  • Temporary work can lead to a permanent job – if that’s what you are looking for.

So what’s the difference between agency and ltd co contract working?

Here are some facts to help you understand.

Agency Worker

  • Duration

    Agency work can range from single days, several months to even years.

  • Employment

    Work as a TMM Recruitment agency worker. Be directed by the hiring client.

  • Rate Of Pay

    Hourly or daily rate of pay which is subject to statutory deductions.

  • Getting Paid

    Record the number of hours worked on one of our timesheets. Submit approved timesheet to our payroll team.

  • Holidays

    Paid holidays accrue up to a minimum standard of 28 days per year.

  • Pension

    Auto-enrolment to PAYE government pension scheme after meeting qualifying criteria.

Ltd Company Contractor

  • Duration

    Contract work can extend from several months to several years.

  • Employment

    Provide services of work via your own limited company.

  • Rate Of Pay

    Generally, paid a day rate plus VAT, if registered.

  • Getting Paid

    At the end of each month raise a limited company invoice detailing the services provided to TMM Recruitment for payment.

  • Holidays

    No paid holiday entitlement.

  • Pension

    Not entitled to join PAYE government pension scheme.

Why It's Better To Be A Temporary Worker With Us

  • 1


    Our recruiters know the local job market and will reduce your job hunting stress. Depending on your circumstances, you can work through us on a PAYE or Limited Company basis.

  • 2


    We follow recruitment best practice and are 100% compliant with how we manage your data. Trust that your pay and pension are correctly managed by our in-house payroll team too.

  • 3


    We’ll keep in touch throughout your temporary assignment and encourage you to share feedback. We’ll ask you to complete a questionnaire on our service levels but you can provide feedback at any time.

Common Agency Worker FAQs

  • What is emergency tax?

    Your tax code is issued by the Inland Revenue and is used to calculate the amount of tax to deduct from your pay. Emergency tax means that you only get the basic personal allowance. This often happens when you first start a new job but will be altered when you submit the P45 you received from your previous employment. For queries relating to tax codes please contact our payroll team.

  • I don’t have my P45 yet – what do I do?

    Advise our payroll team that you don’t have a P45 yet. They will issue you with a Starter Checklist. When your P45 finally arrives, it is important that you send Parts 2 and 3 to our payroll team.

    You must submit these documents to ensure you don’t spend too long on an emergency tax basis.

  • I finish this role on Friday, and start my new job on Monday, can you send my P45 in advance?

    Your P45 cannot be sent in advance, it must be processed with your final timesheet. If your next job is still through us then this is considered continuous employment and we will retain your P45.

  • How do I submit my timesheet?

    Email your completed and authorised timesheet to payroll by 6pm each Monday. Remember to check for overtime, sick days or holidays as appropriate and that these have been entered correctly eg ‘paid holidays’ or ‘unpaid holiday’, ‘off sick’.

  • When do I get paid?

    Payment is made every Friday, for the work undertaken during the previous week. Payment is by BACS direct to your bank account. Payslips are emailed to you. If pay dates land on a statutory holiday you will be paid the day before.

    Expenses are also processed on a Tuesday, same deadline as timesheets, and paid on a Friday. However, this is made as a separate payment therefore will not show on the payslip. We need to have copies of receipts and authorisation from our client in order to pay expenses.

  • How many days holidays am I entitled to?

    Under the European Working Time Directive, agency workers are entitled to 28 days annual leave, inclusive of statutory, bank and local holidays, which accrue as you work.

    All holidays (including 25th, 26th Dec and 1st, 2nd January) must be accrued in advance of the request. Provided you are working full weeks, 2.33 holiday days accumulate per month.

  • The office was closed on a statutory holiday so I couldn’t work – do I lose a day’s holiday?

    Statutory holidays are included within your 28 day holiday allowance. You can either take it as paid if you wish or unpaid if you choose to save it up for a future date.

  • I’m sick, what happens now?

    Call your line manager directly as early as you can. If you are unable to contact your line manager, it is important that you call your TMM Recruitment consultant who will contact the client on your behalf. Remember to keep your line manager informed on the progress of your sickness, it would be appreciated if you would keep your consultant up to date too.

  • I’m pregnant, what happens now?

    To qualify for maternity leave, you must notify your recruitment consultant by the end of the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth:

    - That you are pregnant

    - The expected week of childbirth, by means of a maternity certificate

    - The date you intend to start maternity leave. This can normally be any date which is no earlier than the beginning of the 11th week before the expected week of childbirth up to the birth.

    Your recruitment consultant will then advise you on providing notice of when you want to start your maternity leave and statutory maternity pay.

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