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Anne Corder Recruitment consultant Nel Woolcott admits to having a ‘renewed respect’ for temporary workers having spent a day in their shoes.

Nel took on the role of one of the independent agency’s temps, Vivien Jean-Paul, to mark National Temporary Workers’ Week (this week).

“It was a very valuable and worthwhile reminder of just how challenging a temp’s job can be,” said Nel. “Many of them walk into new, unfamiliar environments very regularly and have to think on their feet. I was thrown in at the deep end, just like our temps are.”

Anne Corder and Nel Woolcott from Anne Corder Recruitment with Rebekah Pickles and Vivien Jean-Paul at Edith Cavell Hospital

Nel, who leads the temp team at Anne Corder Recruitment (ACR), swapped her desk at the agency’s Park Road office for the work station of Vivien Jean-Paul. Vivien has been working in the Management Suite at Edith Cavell Hospital as a temp since February, covering maternity leave for the chief operating officer and company secretary’s PA.

“It was an incredibly busy office with a very diverse remit,” said Nel. “Hopefully I was able to contribute something during my day there and I certainly brought away with me a renewed respect for our temps and the way they meet the demands put on them.”

While Nel was working hard, Vivien made the most of her bonus day off and, on a beautiful summer’s day, headed off to Hunstanton with her family.

“It was lovely to have a bonus day off and I hear Nel did a great job in my absence,” said Vivien.

The team of five Nel spent the day with were full of praise for her efforts too.

“Nel worked with us on what proved to be a very frantic day,” said Vivien’s line manager Rebekah Pickles, executive assistant to the chief executive and chairman. “The team were slightly nervous about having someone who wasn’t familiar with the work in the office but they were full of praise for Nel’s efforts. She threw herself into the job and exceeded everyone’s expectations.

“We use Anne Corder Recruitment for most of our senior PA roles so it was a pleasure to be involved in National Temporary Workers’ Week and be able to help highlight the contribution temps make.”

Nel volunteered for the day’s work as a way of saying thank you for the essential role performed by Vivien and the hundred-plus temps ACR places every week in businesses in and around Peterborough.

National Temporary Workers’ Week is organised by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) in recognition of the contribution temps make to industry. Every week around 1.2 million temps are used by companies across every sector and industry, worth £24 billion to Gross Domestic Product.

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