Nearly one in four employees are temporary workers as this gives them the chance to pursue other dreams outside work, according to new research.
A survey of more than 3,500 temps by jobs website reed.co.uk showed that the main reason people temp is because of increased free time and higher salaries.
One respondent said he temps to give "time to pursue a career as a DJ", while another wanted "to audition as an actress, travel around the world and be an artist".
Others use temping to fund major lifestyle or career changes, such as plans "to move to Spain", or to "become a full-time feng shui consultant".
Reed.co.uk found people temp for one of five reasons:
- As a stepping stone towards a permanent job (29%)
- To pursue personal interests outside work (20%)
- To improve skills and gain an insight into different careers (20%)
- To fit with domestic or family commitments (6%)
- To meet people and work in different environments (6%).
Men are more attracted to spending their working lives temping (8%), while only 4% of woman have plans to become long-term "career temporaries".