Beauty Therapist Temp

Published on: 23 May 2017

Job Description (What the job involves)

With the increased popularity of salon and spa treatments, the addition of Beauty Therapist Temps has become an important part of a busy salon or spa, in order to meet the growing needs of the business and the demands of the clients.

Beauty Therapy Temps typically work in salons and spas but can also be recruited to do events and promotional days within the Spa and Beauty industries.

They are required to have Beauty Therapy qualifications and ideally experience within a busy salon or spa as they are expected to ‘hit the ground running’ within their varied placements. But this does depend on the client and the Temping agency that the Beauty and Spa Therapists are employed with as some may consider newly qualified therapists.  

Hours and Working Environment

The best thing about temping is that the Hours and Working environment are up to you. Agencies looking to recruit Beauty Therapists often use the selling point that temping can fit around individual schedules and temps are able to pick and choose their hours.

Although you will typically work in salons and spas, the locations you work are completely up to you. If you prefer working in a certain spa then you can request shifts at that particular spa. Likewise if you did a placement and didn’t enjoy the environment then it is up to you whether or not you work there again.

Depending on the agency, there will usually be a minimum shift time and this can vary between 4 and 6 hours.

As you are choosing your shifts you can be as busy as you want, but you must bear in mind that the Therapists that are willing to work more hours and are available on weekends are more likely to be asked back by the salon or spa. 

Upsides and Downsides


Flexibility is definitely a huge pro of temping as a Beauty Therapist. People with other commitments, or those who are simply not wanting to return to full time work, use temping as their main source of income.

Beauty Therapist Temps also enjoy variety as they can visit a few different salons within their working week.

You have control over how much you earn and can take more shifts, for example, over the Christmas period when you may need more spending money!


The fact that the amount of shifts is dependent on the needs of salons and spas means that the work is not always guaranteed. In quieter periods there may not be as many shifts being offered and this will reflect in your salary.

As the busiest times for salons are the weekends and holidays you will need to be willing to work these popular days in order to earn a decent salary. Although you are free to only choose shifts from Monday to Friday, you are more likely to find that salons require staff during weekends. 

Skills and Personal Qualities

As clients will expect you to come in and know what you’re doing, being a fully qualified Beauty Therapist is essential.

Working with different people in different salons and needing to just ‘get on’ with the work at hand means you will need to be a confident individual.

As you are responsible for your own diary, organisational skills are key in making sure you know where and when you are working.

Often shifts are given on a first come first serve basis, so you will need to be proactive in responding to emails from your agency regarding the latest placements to ensure you are getting the work you desire. 

Entry Requirements

All Beauty Therapist Temps will need to be qualified to NVQ Level 2 or 3 and although newly qualified therapists may be considered, most agencies prefer candidates to have at least 6 months experience working within a busy salon or spa environment.

Once you have applied for a temp job vacancy you will probably be invited to meet with the agency recruiting on behalf of the salons so they can get a feel for your skills and abilities which will help them place you in suitable locations. 

Opportunities and Progression

Some people enjoy the flexibility of this kind of employment so much that they turn this into their full time career, being able to pick and choose their work around their other commitments.

Others use temping as an addition to their other work. For example, a self-employed or mobile therapist may also temp to fill in any gaps within their diary.

Salons get to know the temping staff really well and on many occasions will want to offer the therapist a permanent role and therefore temping can often lead to full time employment. Therapists are often excited by this opportunity as they already know the salon and the staff and would probably have already built up their own client base. 


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Potential Salary and Benefits

Beauty Therapy Temps are paid per hour and can expect to earn up to £11 per hour. As Temps are only paid an hourly rate and not commission, they will usually earn a higher hourly rate than permanent staff due to their flexibility.

The earning potential is up to the individual as they can accept as many or as few shifts as they want.