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Who we are

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Unitemps is the university-owned temporary staffing solution for the higher education sector.

Developed by the University of Warwick, we are different to most employment businesses in both culture and model. Unlike our commercial competitors, we work on a ‘people not profit’ approach, prioritising client experience over sales targets and our staff do not work on commission. The Unitemps Franchise Model has been tailored and developed specifically for the needs of Higher Education institutions and is a sector-leading solution to their financial, HR and student employability challenges.

Unitemps covers part-time and full-time assignments within academic institutions and external companies, through employing students, graduates and local people. From one-hour shifts to full-time work, we have the network and candidate base to fill assignments on the same day. Our temporary workers are reliable, intelligent and keen to make an impact, while our proven systems enable branches to run a complete recruitment service: attracting applications, processing timesheets and payroll, maintaining legislative compliance and monitoring departmental budgets.

Having started at the University of Warwick in 1997, Unitemps has grown, through the provision of the solution on a franchise basis, into a successful international service operating from a multitude of universities.

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You will find Unitemps branches at the following Universities

What we do

The Unitemps Franchise Model offers your institution the opportunity to open your own in-house agency in as little as three months, allowing you to tackle issues such as efficiencies and cost savings, student debt, enhance overall student experience and meet the temporary recruitment requirements of the institution.

The Unitemps Franchise Model includes

  • A dedicated Relationship Manager to drive the project through launch and beyond
  • Full systems access with configuration optimised for higher education
  • Full training program and ongoing support for all of your branch staff
  • Legislative compliance and leadership from the Unitemps dedicated compliance team
  • The franchise support team provides marketing, design, business development, compliance and IT for the duration of the agreement

  • A collaborative network of like-minded institutions
  • A comprehensive operations manual
  • Commercial territory awarded for external staff supply
  • The latest systems and integrated website
  • The Franchise Support Team

  • The Unitemps Annual Conference
  • A biannual managers conference
  • A bespoke Payroll Bureau Solution (if required)
  • Dual branding within the branch and on all promotional material produced by the franchise

  • The complete operational template

Unitemps mirrors the aspirations of its partners. As an integral part your university, profits are retained within your institution to reinvest for the benefit of students and the campus.

Our model will help you leverage significant cost savings and generate new revenue streams. It enables you to offer students valuable work experience, leading to better employability prospects and greater financial independence, whilst ensuring legislative compliance and gaining ongoing business support.

Whether it's a model for under 10,000 students like the University of Roehampton branch, or you need to cater for 30,000 students like the University of Nottingham branch, our proven, sustainable models are tailored to suit both the size and requirements of your institution. 

To find out more about how the Unitemps model will best suit your institution - CONTACT US

How we can help you

The wide ranging benefits of our solution

As a constantly evolving business that adapts to contend with and embrace changes in the higher education sector, Unitemps is proactively seeking new relationships with progressive, forward-thinking institutions that recognise the huge social, economic and financial potential of effectively harnessing the student employment market.


The Unitemps Model has been specifically developed to meet the particular needs of academic establishments. Drawing on the experience and expertise of recruitment consultants and professionals from within the higher education community, the model offers students and institutions all the benefits of an in-house recruitment agency, whilst addressing social responsibility concerns and enhancing the wider student experience to the advantage of all stakeholders.


  • Significantly reduces spend and commissions on commercial recruitment agencies
  • Additional revenue stream generated through the supply of staff to employers
  • Sales tax free (VAT/GST etc) supply of internal staff
  • Sustainable income source for institutional investment

Human Resources

  • Streamlined online management of temporary workers
  • Legislative compliance and employment risk mitigation
  • Operational efficiency and rigour
  • Large and diverse pool of labour accessible across the network
  • Unitemps staff do not work on commission - we have an ethical, quality, community approach


  • Transferable skills developed through work, enhancing CVs and increasing employability
  • Nationwide and international network helps students find work during their studies and at home
  • Improved student recruitment, retention and employability
  • Helps eligible international students gain valuable work experience

Student Experience

  • Financial support enabling more students to complete their education
  • Flexible job roles allowing students to balance work with their studies
  • Helps students gain more varied work experience both on and off campus
  • Enhanced student experience and financial independence
  • Real work opportunities available for new entrants to the labour market

To find out how your institution can take advantge of these benefits - CONTACT US


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