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Temporary Employment
Employee Information


Applying for Temporary Employment

The Temporary Job Opportunities webpage describes and links to the job application process.


If you were hired directly into a temporary assignment, the person who offered you the position will either be your direct supervisor or will tell you to whom you will report. Your on-site supervisor will orient you to your job duties, the department, designate break and lunch times, verify your work hours by signing your time sheet, and authorize any absences or tardiness.

UTemp Staffing employees see the UTemp Staffing Orientation webpages.

Work Performance

Go over your supervisor's work performance expectations so that you know what will be expected of you. Performance as a temporary employee may be taken into account when an individual is being considered for future temporary or regular employment opportunities.


UW dress requirements vary. Generally temporary employees are expected to wear business casual attire on their first day of work; thereafter dress should conform to departmental standards.


It is important for you to be prompt and adhere to your assigned work schedule. If you are unable to report to work or if you will be late, contact your supervisor as early in the day as possible to let her/him know. If you are unable to contact your supervisor, contact your department's administrator to report your absence.

Reporting Work Hours

Be sure to learn your unit’s time reporting procedures and promptly complete time keeping records

Getting Paid

UW employees are paid on the 25th of the month for days worked from the 1st through the 15th of the month, and on the 10th of the month for days worked from the 16th through the end of the previous month. If the 10th or 25th falls on a weekend, you will receive your paycheck on the nearest Friday or Monday.

Direct paycheck deposit into your bank account provides fast and convenient payment. See the Payroll Office Direct Deposit webpage for detailed information.

The University cannot provide advance or emergency checks under any circumstances.


Insurance and Retirement Plans

Temporary employees who meet eligibility criteria can participate in employer-provided medical, dental, life and long term disability insurance plans, and in state retirement plans.


Temporary employees do not accrue paid leave. However, temporary employees may be eligible for unpaid time away from work because of a disability or serious health condition, to care for a family member with a serious health condition, or for military leave.

Your unit's Human Resources Consultant can assist with questions relating to temporary employee leaves of absence.

Other Benefits

In addition to any other benefits for which you may be eligible, temporary employees who meet participation requirements may have access to certain transportation (see next section below), recreation and library programs. In some cases, access may require support from the employing unit. Follow these links for information about access to specific university programs.


If you meet eligibility requirements, you may participate in the UW-supported U-PASS transportation program.

Union Representation

A temporary hourly employee may be represented by a union and covered by a collective bargaining agreement if the union has received the required representation authorization from the Public Employment Relations Commission. Currently temporary employees are included in a SEIU Local 925 or a WFSE bargaining unit if the following criteria are met:

Incomplete Assignments

It is very important that you keep your commitment to work the duration of your assignment. However, if you must end an assignment early, notify your supervisor immediately.

When Your Assignment Ends

If you are interested in further temporary or regular employment after your assignment ends, keep your resume active in the UW’s online employment application system.