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Hiring Temporary Staff

Have a temporary hiring need? Our Temporary Staffing Service assists hiring managers in filling temporary long- and short-term vacancies. Whether it’s vacation coverage, a special project, or interim assistance while you conduct a search for a regular employee, a temporary employee can be a valuable resource in helping you meet business demands.

Temporary worker and contractor hiring

Most requests for non-student temporary workers and contractors (independent contractors and contractors through 3rd party staffing agencies) need to flow through the Position Management Process before work is performed. For more information on whether your request requires Position Management approval, please review our PAC Approval Chart


*IMPORTANT UPDATE: NUIT shared recent changes for 2021 Microsoft Office licensing for non-student temporary and contractor employees. Effective July 1, 2021 Northwestern will no longer provide non-student temporary and contractor employees with a license for the desktop version of Office products. Please scroll down for more information.


Sourced temp service

This service offers sourcing and placement assistance to help you find the best temporary employee to meet your needs. For assistance in recruiting a temporary employee for your department, please forward your approved Temporary/Contractor Request Form to

Please note: Effective the first full pay period in October 2019, the standard fee for sourced temporary placements will increase from $3.00 per hour to $3.50 per hour. This change will apply to any incoming or current temporary employees sourced with the assistance from your Talent Acquisition Partner. Stay tuned for more details on other fee structure changes in the coming weeks.

Please review our Sourced Temp Service Level Agreement for more information.


Non-Student Direct Temps and Student Temps

If you have identified a temporary candidate on your own, and would like to hire them, please follow the steps outlined below:

****Effective as of August 1, 2019, HR Talent Acquisition no longer accepts direct temp submissions with an incomplete personal data form and I-9 Section 1 & 2. If you submit an incomplete request, it will be returned with an explanation of the missing information. To be processed, requests must be resubmitted with all missing information.

*IMPORTANT UPDATE Regarding Temporary Hire Microsoft Office Licenses 2021*

After June 30, 2021, Northwestern will no longer provide non-student temporary or contract employees with a license for the desktop version of Office products (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).