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Unlocking Success: The Numerous Benefits of Utilising Temporary Workers in the Art World

Posted by Emma Restall in News · March 2024

In today’s dynamic and fast-paced business environment, our clients are constantly seeking innovative ways to stay agile, efficient, and competitive. One workforce strategy that has gained significant traction in the art world is the use of temporary workers. Whether it’s seasonal peaks, special projects such as art fairs, or a need for flexibility, temporary staffing offers a myriad of benefits for both employers and employees.

Flexibility and Scalability:

Temporary workers provide an unparalleled level of flexibility, allowing companies to scale their workforce up or down based on changing business needs. This is particularly advantageous during peak seasons such as art fairs, auctions  or when faced with sudden project demands. Instead of committing to permanent hires, organisations can seamlessly adjust their workforce size to maintain optimal productivity.


Hiring permanent employees involves substantial costs such as benefits, insurance, and other long-term commitments. Temporary workers, on the other hand, provide a cost-effective solution. Companies can avoid unnecessary expenses associated with full-time employees, paying only for the hours worked. This cost efficiency is especially beneficial for small and medium-sized enterprises striving to optimise their resources. At DRAW all our Temporary Workers are paid via PAYE, mitigating any IR35 risk.

Access to Specialised Skills:

Here at DRAW we have a pool of highly skilled professionals with specific expertise. Businesses can tap into this talent pool to quickly acquire the skills needed for short-term projects without the lengthy recruitment process. This access to specialised skills enhances the overall capabilities of the organisation, fostering innovation and competitiveness. We have provided temporary workers across a range of roles – from Gemmologists , General Valuers & Cataloguers, Exhibitions Staff, Maternity cover for Gallery Management, to Book-Keepers and Administrators.

Reduced Onboarding Time:

Bringing on permanent employees involves a comprehensive onboarding process, which can be time-consuming. Temporary workers, however, are typically ready to contribute from day one. Their short-term nature encourages them to quickly adapt to new environments and tasks, reducing the time it takes for them to become productive members of the team.

Trial Period for Permanent Roles:

Temporary positions serve as an excellent trial period for both employers and employees. Companies can assess a worker’s skills, cultural fit, and overall performance before making a long-term commitment. Similarly, temporary workers get the opportunity to evaluate the company culture and job role, helping them decide if they want to pursue a permanent position.

Diverse Perspectives and Ideas:

Temporary workers bring a fresh perspective to the workplace. Their exposure to various industries and companies equips them with diverse experiences and ideas. This diversity can be a catalyst for innovation, bringing new approaches and solutions to challenges that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.

In conclusion, the strategic use of temporary workers has become a cornerstone of workforce management for modern businesses. The benefits extend beyond mere flexibility, encompassing cost savings, access to specialised skills, reduced onboarding time, and the opportunity for both employers and employees to test the waters before committing to a long-term relationship. Embracing a flexible and dynamic workforce is not just a trend; it is a key element in building a resilient and adaptive organisation poised for success in the ever-evolving landscape of the artworld.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your businesses hiring needs. Email us at or call 02083409339.

Notes from DRAW · 04.03.2024

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