Contingent Offers

by | Apr 13, 2023 | HR Trends, Recruiting & Retention

Full-time employment is the desired goal of most job seekers. However, should contingent or temp positions be readily discounted in pursuing full-time employment? Contingent positions possess both advantages and disadvantages that will be explored below. 


  1. Job Security: A contingent job offer is often an excellent way to secure a job, even if it is temporary. It gives the employee a chance to gain valuable experience and potentially lead to a permanent job offer. [2]
  2. Flexibility: Contingent job offers potentially provide a great deal of flexibility. They can work when they want, where they want, and for how long they want. This flexibility allows employees to take on multiple jobs at once or work on a project-by-project basis. [2]
  3. Competitive Pay: Contingent employees often receive higher pay than permanent employees, especially if they are highly skilled or experienced in a particular field. This pay can also include benefits, such as health insurance or retirement plans. [2]


  1. Lack of Benefits: While contingent employees may receive competitive pay, they often do not receive the same benefits as permanent employees. This lack of benefits can include health insurance, retirement plans, or paid time off. [2]
  2. Uncertainty: Contingent job offers are not always guaranteed, and the employee may be let go at any time, depending on the company’s needs. This uncertainty can lead to stress and anxiety for employees. [3]
  3. Limited Career Growth: Contingent employees may not have the same opportunities for career growth as permanent employees. They may not have access to training programs or career development opportunities, which can limit their career advancement. [3]

While contingent offers can provide job security, flexibility, and competitive pay, they may also lack benefits, be uncertain, and limit career growth. It’s essential to carefully consider the terms of a contingent job offer before accepting it, and to ensure that it aligns with your long-term career goals.