TEMP, TEMP-to-HIRE, and PERM
What's the difference?
TEMP: Temporary work is just that. Short-term or long-term (some assignments can go on for years and never go Perm), a temp
assignment is one where you will NEVER go on the client company's payroll, you will ALWAYS work for the Agency.
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TEMP-To-HIRE / TEMP-to-PERM: These mean the same thing: you work at a client company for a specified (sometimes unspecified, make sure to ask your recruiter) amount of time before being hired by the client company. Technically, it's the agency's responsibility to let you know when your assigment is ready to convert to the client's payroll, but the longer you work for the agency, the longer they get paid for your work. Keep track on your own and ask your recruiter and your supervisor when the time is up.
PERM: Also called Permanent Placement or Direct Hire. This means you NEVER work for the agency, you are hired directly onto the client's payroll. The agency is paid a fee (usually based on your salary) for making the placement.