Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bags of Benefits for Temps; Just the Job

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bags of Benefits for Temps; Just the Job

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Fancy a free lunch or a shopping spree?

Recruitment consultancies now offer a host of tempting perks to keep hold of their best temps, reports Kate Crockett JOINING a recruitment consultancy isn't only a convenient way of finding a job - you can get a lot more out of it than that. Quality candidates are so valuable to agencies that they can enjoy a raft of benefits and incentives.

Want a free lunch once a week? Head for your nearest branch of Office Angels.

Fancy a free holiday? Send your friends to Joslin Rowe and get Virgin vouchers for successful referrals. Stick with Joslin Rowe and you could enjoy a case of wine as a Christmas bonus. Clearly, wise temps shop around for the best deal.

If you are a recent arrival to London, Joslin Rowe, which recruits staff for financial services, provides starter packs and city guides designed to help candidates settle into working life here.

Kate Dwyer, a receptionist at executive search agency Firth Ross Martin, arrived in London five months ago from Sydney. She found her temporary placement through Joslin Rowe and took advantage of its Destination UK guide to living and working in the capital. "It runs through things like how to perform at interview and how to do your CV, but it also talks about other things I need to know, such as tax and banking," Dwyer, 24, says. "It also suggests bars to go to and contains a Tube map, so it's very useful. It is different at home, so when you come to another country it really helps to have something that lets you know how things are done."

If you're the type that likes to work hard and play hard, recruitment consultancy Manpower offers a range of entertainment and lifestyle benefits through its privilege card which is available to staff who have worked for more than 65 days. Launched last year, the card offers discounts from hotel groups, health clubs, shops, entertainment and insurance companies. This is in addition to benefits which include training, annual leave, sick pay and parental leave, plus access to mortgage deals and life and personal accident insurance.

Office Angels has a similar arrangement which can be valuable to career temps.

Through a tie-in with Abbey National, it offers a savings account into which money can be transferred from its payroll. The partnership also allows candidates access to free financial and mortgage telephone advice.

Long-term temp Jonathan Rhodes, 28, has taken advantage of the savings scheme and puts away u15 a week towards his holidays.

Rhodes, who is currently working in a customerservice role at a legal publishing company, also enjoys the complimentary Friday lunch for temps which is provided every week by every branch of Office Angels in the UK. …

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