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Tempted to try a 'temporary' move?

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I have parlayed myself into an invidious position by writing a glowing reference for a bloke I once knew in architecture school. A week later he turns up in the office as job-runner for a project that I had my eye on.

Given all that, I am looking around for less potentially controversial surroundings. I mean, when he screws up, as everybody eventually does with the junior third partner, who is going to take the flack?

What about temping, I ask my inner self. My fount of all employment knowledge, aka Sandra in the pub, tells me that all the temping rules are changing and it is a bit complicated.

She says, and, because she is a family lawyer, she may be quite wrong, that if you temp for a practice for about four months the practice can take you on permanently.OK, they can anyway.But after this time they can do so without paying the agency a big temp-toperm fee.This is interesting, assuming, of course, you want to be permanent.And it is here, apparently, that we find the contra side: your six or three-month or whatever probation period will start from the end of the four months of temping.

So you have to keep your nose particularly clean if you want to go on staff. I mean, having to wear a tie and, if it is a big practice, probably a suit and double cuffs and grey braces. For nearly nine months.

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