(Abbr. Temp-to-perm.) An employment service concept where a client company plans to make a permanent placement hiring decision during or after a temporary help assignment. In a “temp-to-perm” situation, only temporary workers who are also seeking a similar type of permanent work would be sent on the assignment. Where a temporary assignment “just happens” to “go permanent,” it may be called a “temp-to-perm” hire after the fact, but it is generally not considered to have been a permanent placement.