Making the move from permanent to agency social worker can be daunting, especially when you hand your notice in and take that ‘leap of faith’ into the unknown. When will your next role start? What will it involve? How long will it last? Though we understand the concerns, we know that the benefits always outweigh them, especially when the move is taken through us. To put your mind at ease, we’ve created this extensive blog that highlights the differences between agency and permanent, how we make the process easier, and the advantages that this brings.
Whereas a permanent team member has an ongoing contract with one authority, an agency social worker agrees to work on a temporary basis. Agency contracts usually begin with an initial three months, to ensure that the candidate and client are a good match, and that the social worker feels comfortable in the role. In most cases, the contract is extended.
In general, agency staff receive a higher hourly rate of pay than permanent staff, and should they be unhappy in their role can move on quickly – only having to give 1-2 weeks notice. You can be in a new assignment as soon as you like.
It’s actually quite a simple process:
There are many benefits that moving to agency offers, including:
Usually agency managers are looking for social workers to start their position within 1-4 weeks of the successful interview, so if you hand your permanent notice in, there may be an 8 week notice period where you don’t hear anything back from positions you’ve applied for. Therefore, during this time, your dedicated consultant will make sure that you are fully-registered and ready to start when the time is right.
We also make it our duty to stay in regular contact with you so that you’re always aware of what’s going on within the industry and the job market. Fortunately, with the current shortage of social workers and the industry being propped up by agency workers, it is very unlikely a candidate will be without work at the end of their notice period. There really has never been a better time to make the move.
We would never suggest a social worker make the move if they had more pressing obligations that needed their consideration, but in general, we feel that making the move only brings with it positive returns. The job is flexible, the pay is better and our social workers appreciate the variety of teams and locations they get to work within.
We’re always available for out of hours calls should you need us, and our regular catch ups ensure your happiness.
Speak with other agency workers who have made the jump, as they’ll be able to talk you through their experiences and give you tips and tricks of the trade. Many of our candidates who have made the move comment on how much more complete they feel working in agency positions, citing higher levels of job enjoyment too.
Our approach differs in the following ways:
Looking to work in social work? Thinking of making the move from permanent to agency? Let us help you to do just that by calling us today on 0161 327 0936 or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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