FAQ for Employees

What are the advantages of working through a temporary service?

Temporary work is an excellent means of evaluating a company or type of work while earning money. As well, a large percentage of temporary jobs result in full time positions. Recent statistics show that up to 15% of people find their full time jobs through a temporary service or employment agency. For the person looking for occasional work, registering with a service lets you have more options and gives you control over your work schedule.

How do I get considered for jobs through STARTPEOPLE ?

You must come into our office and register with us and you can send us your resume online. This process involves completing your employee record, taking some evaluations, having an interview with a staffing coordinator so we have a good idea of your availability and preferences. Then there will be an information session about StartPeople. The whole process takes about 35 minutes. We require the names and phone numbers of two work related references if possible and proof of eligibility to work in Canada.

Click here to apply online, and your application will be sent to the staffing coordinator running that project.

How do I get paid?

StartPeople pays weekly, and invoices weekly:
Friday is payday for our employees, & our standard payroll week runs from Monday to Sunday. Therefore, if the employee works this week, they will be paid for those hours next week on Friday. You as the client company, will be billed weekly also. (Usually via email, but other options are available.).

No timesheets to drop off!
We will provide you with an electronic timesheet and/or a StartPeople sign-in sheet to record hours for our employees. The employee does not submit their own hours, as the client site needs to authorize the hours worked. The employee just needs to sign-in and sign-out accurately every day they work. You, the client worksite, will email or fax the timesheets/sign-in sheets to StartPeole by 5pm every Monday. This insures timely invoicing/billing for you, and prompt payment for our employees.

Employees have easy access to their pay-cheques:
The Employee will provide StartPeople with their direct deposit information to receive automatic, weekly payroll deposits, OR they will pick up their pay cheque at the StartPeople office between 9AM and 5PM on Fridays.

StartPeople's payroll company will process all government remittances (CPP, EI, Income Tax), and provide paystubs, T4's and Record of Employment forms.

Our service to our employees is free!
We never deduct any money from an employee's cheque for our profit. There is no service fee, registration fee, placement fee, cheque fee, or administration fee. The pay rate offered in their "job assignment notice" is what will be paid to them on their pay cheque.

How much will I be paid?

Pay rates for jobs differ depending on which client company you work at, which shift, what transportation method is required, and what skills/experience are needed. The pay rate is calculated based on all those factors, as well as taking into consideration what the full time employees are paid when they are hired for the same position.

We want you to be satisfied with your work and your experience with StartPeople. Please contact your local StartPeople office if you have questions about your pay cheque. Our team is available Monday to Friday 9AM to 5PM to help you with payroll questions.

How does STARTPEOPLE match me to a job?

During your personal interview with a StartPeople team member at our office, you will be asked about your experience, skills, preferences, transportation method, and availability.

We then document that info on your file in our database.

Then, when a client company contacts StartPeople to request additional staff for their jobsite, StartPeople will ask about the skills, experience and shift availability required. StartPeople will also investigate if the worksite is accessible by public transport or not. A representative from StartPeople will visit the jobsite to insure it meets safety standards and has health & safety procedures in place to protect our employees. Once we are satisfied that we have all the pertinent info, we will run a search of our database for a list of applicants who match all of these criteria.

We will call those applicants and present the work opportunity to them. We always start with the applicants who have most recently called in available for work. The applicants are free to accept or decline the work assignment, with no penalty. Once the person has heard the details and accepted the assignment, we will send them a Job Assignment Notice, which will reiterate all the details about the job in writing, including shift times, pay rates, a thorough job description, location, and tips for being successful at this assignment.

This is a very thorough, personal process, and results in happier matches between employees and worksites. We never send someone out to work that we have not fully interviewed and orientated to our procedures and processes.

Why use a staffing company like STARTPEOPLE to find work?

There are a variety of useful tools available to job-seekers today. One of the most efficient tools is a temporary service or staffing agency. The purpose of these organizations is to find jobs for potential employees. The fee for a staffing agency's services is paid by the client company, so it's free to register for those who are looking for work.

Many of StartPeople's employees find their full time jobs through our work assignments. Agencies like StartPeople have contacts at a wide variety of local companies. So when you register with an agency you are, in essence, submitting your name for consideration at local companies who are already currently hiring! In fact, many companies do all of their hiring strictly through an agency. It is a fast and efficient networking tool for both the job-seeker AND employer.

So how do unemployed individuals make the most of a staffing agency's services?

First, you must choose an agency that is reputable (Registered to Corporation Canada or Registre des Entreprises du Quebec). 

When registering with the agency, let the consultant know what kind of work, pay range, environment etc. interests you. That way, all the appropriate and relevant opportunities that become available can be presented for your consideration. With the help of a staffing company, you will no longer spend hours searching for jobs unsuccessfully. Instead, jobs will find you!

Temporary jobs present an excellent way to gain experience at a particular company or in a certain industry while earning money. If you decide that you like your temporary position, it could turn into a full time job. A large percentage of temporary jobs often result in full time positions. Letting your staffing agency know that you will consider temporary work can greatly increase your employment opportunities. For someone who is looking for occasional work, registering with a temporary agency like StartPeople Staffing Agency Inc. allows you to have more options and gives you greater flexibility and control when it comes to your work schedule.

Accessibility Policy and Multi-Year Accessibility Plan

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 ("the AODA") is a Provincial Act with the purpose of developing, implementing and mandating accessibility standards in order to achieve accessibility for persons with disabilities, with respect to goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures and premises. StartPeople Staffing Agency Inc. is compliant with these requirements. Click here to download our Accessibility Policy and Multi-Year Accessibility Plan.