Maria is top temp AMBASSADOR

Temporary staff play an important role in the nation’s workforce and a recent award ceremony has rewarded the best.

Recruitment consultancy Stafffinders, member of the Recruitment Employers Confederation, had been taking nominations from its clients for a National Temp Week award.

The awareness campaign had been organised by REC, the professional regulatory body for the recruitment industry. And the result of Stafffinders’ search for their top performing temp has revealed the winner as Maria Maddox.

Maria, from Renfrewshire, has been temping for Stafffinders since 2003 in many different roles, and has received countless nominations from employers who have praised her adaptability, reliability and willingness to assist in a variety of ways.

Jane Wylie-Roberts managing director of Stafffinders said,

"Our temps are our ambassadors".

"Their performances reflect our standards and the service we strive to offer employers and Maria can always be relied upon to deliver – she is a worthy winner."

Maria’s prize is a £100 voucher for top city restaurant Gamba.

The runners-up, and recipients of a bottle of bubbly, were Cherine Mack from Paisley, nominated by the Paisley Partnership and Hugh McLintoch, from Glasgow, who was nominated by the New Lanark Mill Hotel where he turns his hand to food preparation, bar and restaurant work, even covering the staff party.

National Temp Week aims to recognise the contribution of the temporary workforce and demonstrate the broad range of professions and industries in which temporary staff work.

Maria MaddoxIn an industry worth around £20billion every year, all individual members of the REC were encouraged to emulate the Stafffinders’ scheme and recognise achievements across a variety of sectors, as well as nominate a temporary worker for an award.

Maternity leave and sickness cover are classic examples of where temporary recruitment comes into its own, but q temporary contract also gives the employer the chance to assess a candidate’s abilities in the workplace and terminate without any liability.