About TSS

Founded in 2014, the Temporary Staffing Service (TSS) is an internal recruitment service providing temporary administrative support to University of Oxford's departments and colleges, helping to maintaining the University’s position as a world-class leader in research and education.

Juggling staffing requirements for a busy department can be very challenging and recruiting temporary workers can provide an efficient and cost-effective solution.

We can support you by providing flexible administrative cover for:

  • Recruitment gaps
  • Staff absences
  • Project support
  • Peak periods

The TSS provides an agile service for you through a comprehensive recruitment process of temporary workers. Not only will you benefit from significant cost savings in comparison to external agency fees, we also absorb a significant amount of onboarding admin so your department can focus on getting the job done.

TSS recruits temporary workers with previous administrative experience in office-based roles enabling us to deploy experienced workers into administrative assignments across the collegiate University. 

Why use TSS? 

  • VAT savings for University departments 
  • Fixed hourly administration fee 
  • Accurate employer costs (NI/holiday/pension)
  • No transfer fees
  • Competitive pay rates 

What you can expect from TSS

Comprehensive recruitment of temporary workers:

  • Skills-based face to face interviews
  • Right to work checks
  • Employer references
  • MS Office online assessments

Meeting your requirements: 

  • CV shortlisting through skills matching as soon as we receive your vacancy
  • Accommodating urgent needs of departments with temps available for immediate start
  • Flexible assignment duration tailored to needs of department 
  • Constructive feedback process after each assignment to ensure continuous improvement of our service 

Onboarding & payroll:

  • Worker contract issued via TSS 
  • Personnel record on the University's HR system created and maintained
  • University card and SSO managed by TSS 
  • Online timesheeting 
  • Holiday management 
  • Information Security & Data Privacy Awareness training compliance 
  • Support and guidance for Recruiting Managers throughout the onboarding process and thereafter


If you are a college looking to recruit a temporary worker, please email us for further information on the process including terms of service and costs. 


We would like to meet you! 

If you would like to meet with us and discuss your requirements in further detail, we would be delighted to hear from you - please contact us, we look forward to hearing from you!  

Client reviews 

Here’s what some of our clients at departments and colleges have said about using the TSS: 

The system works very well, is quick and easy to manage. Using an internal provider saves so much admin time and of course it is financially beneficial to us. 

I just wanted to say what a great service you run.  It is agile, professional and exactly what we need! 

Thank you for your ongoing support and for continuing to service us with great candidates!

All our interactions with the TSS have been smooth and trouble-free. You provide an excellent service.

We have found the Temporary Staffing Service to be very good at matching us with exactly the calibre of person we need and often at very short notice. 

I have had a very pleasant experience with TSS, which I will be using again. All the members of staff I had to interact with have been professional, friendly and extremely helpful.

The service from TSS was very good and I will be happy to use it again as the need arises. You acted quickly to find staff when required and send people of the right calibre.

We are all really impressed with the quality and professionalism of the temps you are sending us, and we are very pleased with the service!




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