Temporary Jobs vs Long Term Jobs

“JOB”, ever thought about what this crazy term actually means?

Well, the Oxford English dictionary defines a job as “work that you are paid to do or that must be done”. A very generalist sentence indeed! In a layman’s language, I can say it’s work assigned in exchange for monetary rewards. For example, a doctor/lawyer/ chartered accountant or any other professional charging fees for the services provided to their respective clients. Or an employee drawing weekly/ monthly/ yearly salary in exchange for serving an organization or be it a businessman/ vendor supplying essentials on demand of the end customers or distributors in lieu of money.

Any reward in exchange for services that are not in ‘cash or kind’ cannot be termed as a ‘job’. For example, a doctor giving treatment to his/her own family, or a teacher teaching his/her own child/children cannot be termed as a job. Emotions like love, kindness, satisfaction, etc. can be rewarding but if not measurable cannot be counted as a reward.

If we scrutinize in detail, we understand there are certain assignments that require a full-time commitment and long/ unlimited tenure which can be categorized as “Long Term jobs” & certain assignments need not require a constant tenure which can be categorized as “Temporary jobs” or Temp jobs.

First, let’s have a dig on the term of Long term jobs – jobs that require long tenuity. A long-term job is often considered to last beyond six weeks or more than 1,000 hours annually. Whereas Temporary jobs are the ones that are limited to only a specific period of time, fixed term, project or task-oriented or seasonal, casual labor work.

Both the categories have their own Pros & Cons; let’s simplify the same in a tabular format for better understanding:

  Advantages   Disadvantages
a) The job becomes easy through practice a) Lack of dynamism
b) Familiarity with environment b) Lack of Flexibility
c) Stability of Income c) Hindrance in self-growth
d) Better interpersonal relations in the workplace d) Limited Earnings


e) Long term benefits such as medical, leaves,

insurance etc.

e) Tendency to become lethargic

From the above, we come to a conclusion, that a permanent or a long term opportunity has both sides of the coin. As personnel is doing the same job or is in the routine of one particular task for a long time, the job/work becomes easy in due course of time and it takes much less time for the personnel to finish the job that too with minimal mistakes. Also, there is a stability of a fixed income along with long-term/ permanent employee benefits. As and when the seniority of the personnel increases, he/she tends to develop good interpersonal relations with colleagues & management.

On the darker side, it also leads to the person creating his/her own personal comfort zone which results in a lack of dynamism and resistance to growth and required changes for own and organizational benefit. Being in the same place for a long time also limits the potential to earn more monetary rewards as it’s a fixed income agreed upon at the time of commencement of the contract between the employer and employee.

Now, let’s understand and brainstorm on the latter one, what we call the short term employment or popularly known as ‘Temp/ Temporary jobs’ :

In a very generalist manner, one can define a Temporary job as “an employee hired to last or intended to last or to be used only for a short time; not permanent”. For example, a daily wage construction worker working till the building project is completed or a professional/ consultant hired for a particular task in an organization, etc.

Similarly, short-term employment or what we call ‘Temp jobs’ comes with its own set of thorns & roses. We can precise it down in the same way in a table as below :

  Advantages   Disadvantages
a) More Dynamism in profile a) No sense of belongingness
b) Flexibility in time b) No job security
c) Gives experience in different fields c) Lack of stable income
d) Experience in various types of industries d) Not able to build interpersonal relations at


e) Acts as a catalyst to build strong & meaningful


e) No employment benefits such as mediclaim,

leaves, loan support, etc.

f) Boosts mental health due to dynamism in

profile & not sticking to a particular routine

g) Gives an opportunity to increase one’s earning



From the above details, one can conclude that both Long term & Short term jobs have their own ifs & buts; both the categories have advantages & disadvantages. But as we compare and understand there are more benefits when it comes to Temporary employment in contrast to the popular belief.

Well, what do you say about it? I leave it to your imagination!!!

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