The average temp agency has a large pool of generalized, unskilled workers who can be placed in any basic job position -- the kinds of jobs that require little training and no special schooling, degrees or industry experience. Office workers, production line workers, security guards, janitorial staff and the like all do important jobs, but just about any temp agency can provide them.
Some employers need specific skills for high-level jobs. Maybe they need to update a suite of software for a new client, so they need an experienced programmer to work only for the 2 months it will take to complete the project. A bank might need a highly skilled accountant to assist with a major merger. Once the merger is complete, the accountant's job is done. For these skilled but still temporary jobs, specialized temp agencies can find the right people.
Temp agencies exist for many specific fields. Some of them you might expect: Computer help deck workers, data entry specialists, legal compliance auditors and even staffing specialists are all jobs provided by temp agencies. You might be surprised to find that some agencies specialize in more diverse fields, like natural gas pipeline safety engineers, paralegals, project managers and even doctors. Some agencies are general specialists, offering a wide range of skilled workers, while others serve a narrower niche, like computer science or medicine.
In some ways, highly specialized temp agencies act a bit like recruitment agencies. Instead of supplying large volumes of workers, they offer a smaller number of quality workers with the right education, experience and skills for the lucrative jobs they provide.
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