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What type of work is available?

We can have over 600 temporary workers undertaking assignments in the University, its colleges and affiliated institutions at any one time. We specialise in temporary secretarial, clerical, reception, library, administrative, finance and IT posts. We also fill posts in event planning, catering, cleaning, gardening and general maintenance.

Hours of work may be part-time or full-time and are usually between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Each temporary work assignment can vary in length, lasting from a few hours up to a maximum of 8 weeks in the University's colleges and affiliated institutions, and a maximum of 9 months in the University itself. Those registering with and working through TES should not expect to work in any one department/institution for any longer than this, or to work for any longer than this without a break between assignments. This would not be compatible with the service that we provide, the status of temporary workers or our policy:

Temporary workers are engaged to undertake ad-hoc or short-term work on a casual basis. This means that:

  • Working through TES does not constitute an employment relationship with the University;
  • Temporary workers are not obliged to accept work and the University is not obliged to provide it;
  • There may be periods where no work is available; and
  • Either party may terminate an assignment at any time without the need for notice.

If you are seeking employment with the University rather than temporary work, please visit the University's jobs pages at www.jobs.cam.ac.uk.

Please note: If you have recently left an employed position with the University, you are welcome to apply to register with us, however, we will not be able to start you in an assignment until after 4 weeks from your last day of employment. This is in order to maintain a clear distinction between employment and temporary work.

What we can offer you

  • The opportunity to gain a range of experience in different roles within one of the world's leading universities
  • Engaging and varied working environments
  • The flexibility to let us know when you are and are not available for temporary work assignments
  • Competitive rates of pay
  • An approachable and professional service

What we are looking for

The key things we look for when assessing applications to register as a temporary worker include:

  • Previous relevant experience in administrative, secretarial, library and other support staff work
  • Availability to work at short notice
  • Reliability
  • Flexibility

In addition, you must have or obtain the right to work in the UK in order to register to work through TES.

The skills, knowledge and experience that we are seeking for a particular assignment will vary according to the nature of the work required by the department/institution.

How to apply

Please read our Apply to join TES web page, or go straight to the registration form.