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Promotional Staffing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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The most common frequently asked questions (FAQs) asked by candidates and hirers can be found on this page.
- Job Seekers FAQ
- Recruitment Agencies Services
- Temporary Staff Agency Services
- Current Contractors or Temp Employees FAQ
If your questions are not covered here or they are more specific, please do not hesitate to call PromoStaff on (03) 9246 0433. Our specialist promotions agency team will be glad to provide you with the right answer!
As a candidate, do I have to pay for the services of a recruitment company?
No the service is FREE! Almost all employment agencies are paid by either organisations or on some occasions the government to help unemployed candidates find work. Recruitment Agencies such as PromoStaff benefit that you register for work with them, as it makes it much easier to source fantastic talent on behalf of their clients who pay them for their service. Registering with recruitment agencies is FREE and even if you are offered a role it is the clients of the staff agency who pays a fee for their services.
What should I expect from a staff agency if I am short-listed for a role?
The recruitment starts with the submission of your resume. From there you can expect from a recruitment consultant if your skills and experience best match with a vacancy being recruited for. If you aren’t judged to be the most suitable candidate your resume will be retained in their candidate talent database to be matched with future employment opportunities. The Recruiter will then strive to meet you before presenting your application to their client. Through the client’s interview process you’ll be supported by the recruitment company with meeting preparation, continued communication, constructive feedback and salary negotiation advice.
What happens after you have applied for a job through a staffing agency?
Recruitment consultants typically manage multiple jobs at once. Candidates resumes are reviewed and short-listed, selected candidates are interviewed by the recruiter and those candidates whom the recruiter believes are suitable for the role will then have their resumes forwarded on to the clients. If the client chooses to interview the candidate this will then be arranged via the recruitment consultant. Often there is testing and assessments, plus sometimes multiple rounds of interviews, before reference checking is conducted by the employment agency prior to an offer of employment being presented to the successful candidate. This process can sometime occur quickly, however on average takes between 3 - 5 weeks to take place. It is not usually after a candidate has accepted a role, and in some cases actually starts working, that recruitment agencies will then notify other applicants that they were unsuccessful in their application. Often no notifications are made, with all applicants made aware at the outset of the process that only successful applicants will be contacted by the staff agency. Don’t despair as you can always call staffing agencies to ask them about the status of your application and your resume is also usually kept on file in case another role that better suits your skills and background becomes available. You may also be added to a mailing list where you will receive notification about future roles that you can apply for.
What is the difference between a recruitment agency and employment agency?
The distinction between recruitment agencies and employment agencies was historically based on recruitment agencies only offering recruiting services where they would source candidates on behalf of employers who would then employ the candidates directly. In turn, employment agencies would offer temporary staff or contract staffing services where they would employ the candidate and then on-hire (or on-sell) the candidate to organisations, charging a margin on top of the salary and direct employment costs. Most recruiters operate both services so the distinction is no longer as relevant as it may have been in the past.
Can I just email my resume directly to employment agencies?
Most larger employment agencies use sophisticated databases to search for an identify candidates that match the needs of employers. You need to register on employment agency websites in order for your resume to be uploaded into their talent database. Applying for jobs on jobs board such as Seek or Indeed does not necessarily mean you have been registered on their database so it is often worthwhile both applying directly for roles and also registering on a staff agency website. For PromoStaff you should complete your personal details and upload your resume here Find Work Of course, you may be asked by recruitment agencies on occasions to email your resume directly. Sometimes this is because they want your resume in a MS Word (or similar editable) format so that they can remove your contact details from your resume in order to forward it to hirers.
Why should I work with a recruitment agency?
Working with staffing agencies is just one of many ways of maximizing your chances of securing a new role. Recruitment Agencies often act as the ‘middle-man’ identifying and connecting you with the hiring needs of organisations. Around 20% - 50% of jobs are advertised by recruitment companies so it is likely you will apply for a job advertised by recruitment agencies on behalf of their clients. You should also register on multiple employment agency websites by uploading your resume as recruitment agencies will usually search their own database for candidates before advertising roles, whether they be permanent, temp or contract positions.
What can I do to improve my resume?
At PromoStaff we offer you a Rapid Resume Builder as a FREE tool to generate a resume that you can then easily edit and update. Also once you have Registered For Work you will be setup with a FREE CareerController profile containing the skill set, work experience and attitude towards change and continual learning we have extracted from your resume. You can easily update this profile and also output your profile as a resume with hundred of modern designs. Be mindful that we can only search on information with is accurate and up to date so please ensure you regularly log into CareerController to update your profile, even if you are working, so that we can match with current and future vacancies.
What does a recruitment agency do?
Recruitment Companies operate on behalf of their clients the organisations. Employment Agencies are external service providers who source candidates for employers to employ directly. Staff Agencies also frequently offer temporary or contract staffing services where they on-hire (or 'on-sell') candidates, whom the staff agency employs, to their clients.
Do you employment agencies offer replacement guarantees if things don’t work out?
Absolutely! We do expect candidates we have sourced to be very well matched to the roles. PromoStaff does however guarantee to provide you with an alternative candidate for the same position if the original candidate departs or is dismissed within 3 months. In our experience 3 months provides plenty of time for a candidate to settle nicely into the role. In our experience it’s unusual for carefully recruited and well matched candidate to leave a position. Perhaps our clients’ high retention rate is because we spend so much time carefully matching candidate skills, personality, experience, motivation and achievements to your needs in order to source you the perfect candidate.
What sectors or industries do staffing agencies operate in?
Each year staff agencies place hundreds of thousands of professional candidates into permanent and contract roles across a broad range of industries and job categories. These include:
- Accountancy & Finance
- Banking & Financial institutions
- Digital Technology
- Executive Search
- Office Support
- Oil & Gas
- Supply Chain & Logistics
No matter what service you are seeking, give PromoStaff a call on (03) 9246 0433 so we can discuss your organisation's hiring needs.
We have a PSA or PSL in operation. How can I use PromoStaff?
Over the years we have worked with many operations where a Preferred Supplier List (PSL) or Preferred Supplier Agreement (PSA) is in place for hiring services which does not include PromoStaff. Typically PromoStaff is approached by organisations who are struggling to find suitable candidates through their normal employment partners. In this situation we always suggest that authority is first sort to work with PromoStaff. This may require us speaking to your commercial team so that agreement can be reached on commercial terms. We are happy to work with you to justify why PromoStaff should be engaged as your recruitment partner, whether it is on a one-off role or as an ongoing PSL or PSA recruiting partner. Whatever the scenario, if you need the best candidates give PromoStaff a call on (03) 9246 0433 so we can discuss your organisation's hiring needs.
What are the qualities of a great recruiter?
Recruitment consultants, also known recruiters and resourcers (who just focus on candidates), are typically outgoing, sociable, organized, good communicators and motivated. They may specialize in permanent recruitment, temporary staffing, executive search (“head hunting”), specific role types (e.g. IT, engineering, accounting, change management, etc.) or be generalists running a “360 degree desk” (managing the sourcing of clients and candidates, recruiting process and achievement of budget gargets) with end-to-end responsibility. To be a successful recruitment consultant there are few top qualities that differentiate average recruitment consultants from great recruiters.
- Extrovert & Confident – There’s a reason that the industry tends to attract extroverts. Working as a recruiter involves a lot of interacting with people, whether it be on the phone or face-to-face. The industry tends to attract extroverts with a social confidence to engage with people at any level.
- Great Communication Skills – Recruiters are constantly on the phone, sending emails, writing job ads or providing feedback on position descriptions and employment contracts. They spend from the start of the day to the end of the day (and often in the evenings and weekends) communicating with clients and candidates in order to get the perfect match.
- Approachable & Good Listener – Recruiters need to be approachable and create long lasting genuine relationships. Candidates and even clients need to feel confident in expressing their personal opinions, reservations and concerns with someone whom they trust and who they feel is actively listening to them. A great recruiter’s ability to gain a deep insight into both the employer and candidate that really distinguishes them apart. This is essential in order to create a long-term relationship which ideally created with both employers and candidates (including those who were ultimately unsuccessful).
- Sales & Target Driven – Recruitment consultants must firstly sell their service to the employer and then they must sell the job to the candidate. As with any sales, both parties need to benefit from the process or they won’t proceed. The recruitment industry is very competitive with most recruiters employed on a base salary with commission or bonuses comprising a large percentage of their on-target earnings. If they are not achieving the results they won’t survive!
- Multi-Tasker & Super Organised – Recruiters need to work on a number of jobs at the same time, often with short-lead times. To be successful a good recruiter will need to juggle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously. Priories can be easily changed by clients requiring someone to start tomorrow or a candidate not showing up to their first day, so they must also be good at managing their time effectively under pressure.
- Patience – Things don’t always go to plan with dealing with people. Whether it is a candidate withdrawal, client changing their minds or leaving 20 messages without getting through to anyone, recruiters need to be flexible and patient. Typically, they are very conscience so it is also a personal challenge if they feel like candidates (and very occasionally clients) whom they trust to do the right thing let them down. It doesn’t happen very often but can be particularly frustrating when their reputation is at stake!
PromoStaff is always after fantastic Recruitment Consultants. If you believe you have the above qualities and are already (or might become) a fantastic recruitment consultant visit our Career Contact Us Form and include a link to your LinkedIn profile.
How much do recruitment agencies charge?
Other than executive search where an upfront retainer usually charged, recruitment agencies typically don’t charge any upfront fees unless they source a fantastic candidate who starts working for their clients. Recruitment Agencies typically charge for permanent recruitment a placement fee of between 10% and 35% of the annual salary package of the candidate. For temporary staffing services the margin varies significantly based on such factors as the volume of work, length of the role, candidate salary rate and whether there is a preferred supplier agreement (PSA) in place, and with an average per hour margin of $7 to $39 per hour after direct employment costs. When calculating temp or contract margins a temporary staff agency typically take into consideration such factors as:
- How many staff does the client require?
- What is the duration of assignment? (if not Permanent)
- What is the potential for repeat business?
- Will we be added to the Preferred Supplier List (PSL)? Will a Preferred Supplier Agreement (PSA) be put in place?
How does PromoStaff source the best promotions agencies candidates?
After more than 13 years, PromoStaff has earned an Australian wide reputation from candidates for supporting their careers and matching them with roles from some of the largest, and also smallest, employers. With between 200 and 400 new registrations on our PromoStaff.com.au website every week, PromoStaff has a talent database of more 154,000 candidates looking to maximise their career success. Candidates are given FREE access to CareerController where they can manage job applications, see roles that match their requirements and update their profile with the latest experience, skills and achievements. We also have access to an affiliate network and jobs boards that provides us with access to millions of capable promo agencies, promotion agencies or promotions agencies candidates, whether your operation requires permanent, recruitment companies or recruitment agencies staffing services. Call us on (03) 9246 0433 to discuss your organisation's needs to discover why PromoStaff has a reputation for service excellence as one of the top 6 recruitment agencies in Australia.
What are the duties of a recruitment consultant?
Good communication skills are critical to a role as a recruitment consultant. Much of a recruitment consultant's work involves utilising advanced interpersonal skills to build rapport separately with employers and candidates, understand the needs and personality traits of both in order to determine whether there is a good match and then facilitate an interview process. Recruitment consultants assist employers to identify, select and recruit staff for their vacancies, and help individuals find and gain appropriate employment. Great marketing, sales and persuasion skills are critical to a job as a recruitment consultant. What does a recruitment consultant do? Recruitment consultants are also responsible for:
- interviewing and assessing prospective applicants and matching them with vacancies
- screening candidates and drawing up shortlists of candidates for clients to interview
- coordinating interviews
- creating and placing advertisements
- helping prepare applicants for interviews
- building relationships with clients
- negotiating employment contracts
The background and experience of recruitment consultants is varied with personal characteristics such as interpersonal skills, communication skills, confidence and initiative being the more common traits. For graduates, a degree in any discipline is acceptable for entry into the profession, although a qualification in a relevant subject such as human resources, marketing, psychology, business studies or management is beneficial. For specialist recruitment consultants, qualifications in IT, accountancy or engineering may be required. Key skills for recruitment consultants include:
- Verbal and written communication
- Good sales skills
- Drive & Determination
- Commercial awareness
- Advanced organisational skills
If you believe you have what it takes to be a fantastic recruitment consultant with PromoStaff visit our Career Contact Us Form and include a link to your LinkedIn profile. Join PromoStaff, one of the fastest growing recruitment companies in Australia.
How is PromoStaff different to other recruitment companies?
We are consistently ranked in the top 6 recruitment agencies in Australia for our talent matching capability, service excellence and experience. Feedback from regular surveys of our clients and candidates is that our consistant delivery of service excellence stems from our focus on:
- Apply smarter staffing solutions that optimise employer and jobseekers outcomes
- Exceed customer expectations and add value at every interaction
- Quality, service and value will not be compromised
- Services expectations will be communicated, mutually agreed and continuously surpassed
- Innovation - I will embrace continuous learning. I will strive to continuously think outside the square.
- Excellence - I will strive to surpass the expectations of my colleagues and customers.
- Respect - I will treat all people with dignity and respect.
- Passion - I will aim to impact my passion onto my colleagues and clients.li>
- Teamwork - I will aim to build team work through sharing knowledge, valuing the insights of others and building on others ideas.
- Commitment - I will continuously demonstrate my commitment to myself, the company and the wider community to be the best I can be.
Contact PromoStaff on (03) 9246 0433 to speak to a Consultant about your organisation's hiring needs.
Do temporary staff employees get paid holidays?
No. You are casually employed by PromoStaff and receive a loading on your salary. You are not entitled to annual leave, sick leave or payment for public holidays.
How does a temp agency work?
Employers with employment agency needs enter into an agreement with a temp staffing and recruitment agency to fill jobs with appropriately capable staff. A temp agency, also known as a temping agency or temporary staff agency, finds and retains skilled worker to send out on short or long-term assignments.
How long does it take to hire a temp?
Typically for temp roles the notice period from employers to a temporary staff agency would typically 3 to 6 days. For some roles such as reception, nursing, laborers and teachers where a staff member is sick, organisations will often call a temp staffing and recruitment agency on the day that they require someone. For contract and more senior role typically hirers would provide 14 to 30 days' notice in order to secure sufficiently capable and competent staff.
Do temp staff sign an employment contract?
Yes. The temp staffing and recruitment agency employs you directly and will therefore expect you to sign an employment contract. Not only will the contract outline your employment status and conditions, it will also include certain restrictions regarding your ability to work directly for, and discussing your salary with, the organisations that they introduce you to. When the temp agency send you on a role, you cannot accept any other temporary or permanent position with the enterprise without going through the temporary staff agency. Should the company want to hire you permanently, they will pay the temp staffing and recruitment agency a certain amount to release you from your contract. Typically this is between 12% and 28% of the annual salary package that is offered to you.
Can temp work benefit my career?
Every temp assignment adds to your skills and demonstrates your ability to quickly adapt to new and varying working conditions and even industries. Ensure you regularly update your resume and online CareerController profile, including denoting that it was a ‘Contract’ role and listing your skills and achievements. If you excel as a temp you will also often find yourself being offered permanent roles by our clients. Often PromoStaff Consultant also find themselves as Referees to other employers and even agencies.
What is temp to perm?
‘Temp-to-perm’ is an industry terms for temporary staff assignments that start as temporary, but could lead to being permanently employment by our client. We often offer this type of role. A company will us to find a candidate to fill a role temporarily, with an eye to possibly making them permanent if they are suitable. Often your salary expectations would be communicated to the client by your PromoStaff Consultant at the outset of the assignment. There is never any guarantee that that a temporary staff role will go temp-to-perm and as a temp you are not obliged to accept a direct employment offer if one is made.
How much money does a temp staff agency take?
The margin varies according to the temp pay rate and also the length and type of assignment. Often the client is aware of the margin and understands the premium they are paying for the temporary staff service. For example, if a temp worker may be paid $30 per hour, the client for which they are working may actually be paying $40 per hour to the temp agency for their employment agency services. Of the $10 differece, around 30% to 50% is likely to be attributed to direct employment costs (e.g. superannuation, payroll taxes and Workcover insurance) leaving around $5 per hour margin for the temp staffing and recruitment agency.
Why do hirers hire temporary employees?
Temp Staffing And Recruitment Agency can quickly provide your organisation with talented staff. Some common reasons companies hire temps are: employee annual leave or sickness, maternity or disability leave, staff sudden departure, unexpected or temporary demands, special projects, seasonal or peak periods or general employee shortages.
Can I be setup as a contractor?
Yes. Let us know if you would be setup as a contractor. Your PromoStaff Consultant will ask you some more questions and also adjust your hourly rate upwards as you will be responsible for paying your own superannuation. You will otherwise be setup as a PAYG casual employee on an hourly rate.
Will I get training as a temp?
You have normally been selected as you already possess the aspirations, motivation, achievements and experience required to undertake the role. Our clients typically expect you to get up and running very quickly, particularly for short-term assignments or roles that don’t require much job specific systems or procured training. Even if you are a promotions agencies expert, we understand that every organization has its own systems and processes. If there is no formal training program available, ask if there is a manual you can read, whether you can ‘shadow’ someone already undertaking the role or who is the best person to ask questions of. Not only do you want to feel comfortable and confident in your role as quickly as possible, but it is in your best interests to make yourself indispensable to your supervisor and our client as fast as you can!
How often do temps or contractors get paid?
You will be paid by PromoStaff every second Friday. This means you are paid on the Friday for work completed both the week prior and 2 weeks prior. You are effectively been paid 1 or 2 weeks in arrears based on your time-sheet been approved by your supervisor. You will receive a pay slip with monies transferred out of PromoStaff's bank account Friday AM and transferred into your account over the course of the Friday (usually early in the morning with most banks).
How much will I get paid?
The hourly rate is based on an agreed charge out rate with our client. PromoStaff will pay your salary, Superannuation, State Payroll Tax and Workcover and then make a small margin. This is agreed with your PromoStaff Consultant in advance of you accepting an assignment – including you having the right to specific your hourly salary and annual salary expectations (should there be an opportunity to switch to working directly for our client) - and generally doesn’t change unless the nature of the role changes or the assignment stretches over 14-months. If you believe the role you agreed to had changed please let us know. Your PromoStaff Consultant will be happy to look at rate increases if they are justified and we can secure agreement from our client. Remember your hourly rate is highly confidential (a condition of your employment) - as such you should only discuss it with your PromoStaff Consultant.
How is my super contribution paid?
You can nominate any approved super fund when you setup your PromoStaff Payroll Profile. We will make superannuation contributions to your nominated super fund every 3-months. If you have not nominated a super fund you will be setup with a super account with our default super fund SunSuper who you can call directly on 13 11 84. You will receive information from SunSuper once your accounts is setup following their receipt of a super contribution from PromoStaff on your behalf.
Will I be interviewed for a temp or contact role?
The type and number of interviews varies for different assignments. You will always be interviewed by a PromoStaff Recruitment Consultant, who may undertake a preliminary screening prior to a more in-depth interview regarding your motivation, achievements, experience, skills and general suitability for a specific role. Clients may elect to start you immediately on our advice (particularly for urgent short-term assignments) or undertake a phone interview. For medium to longer term assignments, you would normally attend 1 or 2 rounds of onsite face-to-face interviews with our clients, followed by reference checks.
What happens if I am offered a role as a temp?
You will have already been interviewed by PromoStaff and also usually our client so you should already be aware of the hourly salary, location of the role and other details. In some cases where a role needs to be filled at short notice, a PromoStaff Recruitment Consultant will provide this information over the phone and then follow-up with an email. Please confirm your acceptance of the role via email. If you have not worked for PromoStaff you will receive a separate email inviting you to setup your bank, super, tax and personal details in our time-sheet payroll portal. Please ensure you do carefully do this, as you will thereafter be completing a weekly online time-sheet and paid on a fortnightly basis on every second Friday.
How do I manage my time-sheet as a temp or contractor?
You can update and ‘Save’ time-sheet every day, however only after you have finished working for a week (with Sunday being the last day) should you ‘Submit’ your time-sheet. Your time-sheet will then be sent automatically via email to your ‘Approver’ (usually your boss) to review and either ‘Approve’ or ‘Reject.’ Assuming the time-sheet is approved you will then be paid by PromoStaff on a fortnightly basis every second Friday. If the time-sheet is ‘Rejected’ you will be provided with a reason and have the opportunity to resubmit it. If you accidentally submit the time-sheet then please call PromoStaff on (03) 9246 0433 and we can reset the time-sheet for you.
How long do temp assignments normally last?
You will normally be told by your PromoStaff Recruitment Consultant advance of accepting the assignment how long the assignment is expected to last. We sometimes have 1-day assignments (e.g. assist with reception due to illness), 7 – 14 days (e.g. replace someone annual leave or during busy times), 2 – 5 week assignments (e.g. backup whilst our client employs someone, extended annual leave coverage, special projects) through to 3 – 13 month roles such as maternity leave contracts. Often the exact length of an assignment is not known by our clients and they will advise you whilst you are undertaking an assignment. We will ALWAYS try and provide you with as much notice as possible of when an assignment will end, ideally providing you with a new role or contract immediately thereafter. There are no guarantees however of the length of an assignment with our clients having the right to end the assignment at any stage (as long as they advise us the day prior or pay a minimum of 4-hours on a particular day) based on their own changing needs and your performance. It is not unusual for us to put a great temp or contactor into a 3-week role and 6-months later a full-time is being offered!
What if I don't like the temp assignment?
Call your PromoStaff Consultant on (03) 9246 0433 to discuss your concerns. Whether it be your supervisor, colleagues, the work or location, they are in the best position to sort any problems - no matter how trivial it may seem! On some occasions this may be a confidential conversation you are after. In some cases it is simply easier for your PromoStaff Consultant to raise a matter or concern on your behalf directly your supervisor (our client).
What should I do if I have any safety concerns or I injure myself whilst working?
Your first priority is your personal safety so please remove yourself from danger – making sure you notify emergency services if necessary! Generally, if you are on assignment you should immediately notify your supervisor so that they can remedy the situation as quickly as possible. You should thereafter discuss the matter with your PromoStaff Consultant. Our priority is your safety so at no stage would we expect your personal safety, health or wellbeing to be at risk. If you believe you have not been effectively inducted, trained or supported on any matter to do with health or safety please also discuss your concerns with your supervisor and thereafter with your PromoStaff Consultant. Also, if you believe you lack the skills, qualification or experience to undertake your assignment in a safe manner it is also your responsibility to notify your supervisor and PromoStaff Consultant immediately! PromoStaff will ensure that, where relevant: The host employer provides a safe working environment supported with correct health and safety processes and training
- We will conduct a site-specific risk assessment
- You will receive specific information relating to the job
- You are provided by the host employer site specific induction
- You will receive a phone call from your PromoStaff Consultants on your first day with the host employer to ensure you are both happy in the role but also feel your personal safety and wellbeing is not jeopardized or at risk
- You will receive regular contact from your PromoStaff Consultant throughout the duration or your placement
- You will have the means to report any safety issue or injury to PromoStaff on (03) 9246 0433
Can I get time off?
Unless arranged in advance with your PromoStaff Consultant of you accepting a temp assignment, we would not expect you to need time off in short-term assignments (i.e. less than 2 weeks). If you are attending interviews for permanent jobs, they should be made outside of normal business hours where possible. Otherwise, always check with your PromoStaff Consultant first (not the client) no matter how little time off is needed so that we can liaise with our client.
Do I have to wear a suit every time?
If in doubt, yes! Your PromoStaff Consultant should tell you what the working environment is like. It is better to be more formally dressed, until you are better informed and can see the general level of presentation of your colleagues.
What if I miss the timesheet deadline?
You should have submitted your time-sheet by 5pm on the Sunday each week you have worked. If you have missed your timesheet deadline please call your “&AE7&” Consultant immediately! Remember no approved timesheet no pay!
What happens if I have a payroll question?
Firstly you can update and self-manage your own payroll profile. If you need to update your tax status, bank account details or super fund then please login into your PromoStaff Payroll Profile. If you have any concerns about your time-sheet approval please contact your PromoStaff Consultant on (03) 9246 0433. For issues with payment summaries, pay slips or the support of incorrect pay information please call PromoStaff and ask to be transferred to the Finance & Payroll Office. You can also submit any queries or concerns in the Payroll Contact Us Form and we will respond as quickly as possible. If you have any concerns or questions about your superannuation please contact your preferred fund directly. If you do not have a fund then please visit SunSuper or call 13 11 84.
What if I am sick?
Call, email or SMS your PromoStaff Consultant by 8am so that they can inform the client and if necessary, find a replacement. If you have been working long-term in a Temp or Contract role is also advisable to let your supervisor know directly via email, SMS or a call. Remember sick leave is not paid.
Do temps get holiday pay?
No. You are casually employed by PromoStaff and are not therefore entitled to holiday pay, sick leave or to be paid for public holidays.
Can I use my mobile phone?
Of course, but not on the client's time! Make sure you get a voice mail facility set up, then you can turn the phone off. Listen to your messages during breaks! Receiving or making personal calls should be kept to emergencies only (e.g. call regarding sick children at school or childcare), having ideally notified your supervisor in advance and left your phone on silence or Do Not Disturb.