Professional & Scientific (P&S) Temporary Appointments

All P&S temporary appointments are biweekly, eliminating the monthly option.  The exceptions are defined in (b), (c), (d), (f) and (h) below.

Time submitted on the biweekly time record is for time worked only.  Payment for holidays (unless worked), sick leave, and vacation is not an option.

Restrict duration of temporary appointments:

  • Operations Manual language limiting temporary appointments to one year applies to biweekly appointments that are 50% (1040 hours) or more, with the exception of appointments experiencing a labor shortage.
  • Limited extensions permitted with EOD approval.
  • Reference to this limit is in EOD and HR sections of the Operations Manual.
  • An end date of no more than one year’s duration on appointment forms is required if the position is expected to work more than 1040 hours in the first year.  For positions expecting to work less than 1040 hours per year, no end date will be necessary.
  • Temporary appointments held by retirees are limited by the same standard, with the exception of those classifications determined to be experiencing a labor shortage.

Temporary positions whose duties are consistent with those of existing P&S classifications are appointed to those classifications:

  • Hourly rates are equivalent to at least the minimum salary for the respective pay level.
  • Approval from C&C to pay above the median zone maximum.
  • Include description of duties on appointment form.

The following is a list of job codes that are commonly used for temporary positions:

a.  PZ01 Temporary Professional Employee

  • Used for positions that are professional in nature but do not fit into any existing P&S classification.
  • Minimum hourly rate is the minimum for Merit pay grade 1 ($8.91).
  • Include description of duties on appointment form.

b.  PZ02 Temporary Employee - UI Student

  • Used for UI students who are paid a flat rate according to a submitted monthly schedule.
  • Include description of duties on appointment form.
  • Note: bi-weekly appointments for UI students should have a student job code rather than a PZ code.

c.  PZ03 Temporary Professional Short Term Monthly Employee

  • Paid a flat rate according to a submitted, monthly schedule.
  • Maximum duration of appointment is 5 months or less.
  • Include description of duties on appointment form.

d.  PZ04 Intern

  • Can be used for a student or non-student intern.
  • Minimum hourly rate is the minimum wage ($7.25).
  • Maximum one-year appointment with possible EOD extension.
  • Include description of duties on appointment form.

e.  PZ05 Archaeology Field Technician

  • Minimum hourly rate is the minimum wage ($7.25).
  • No restriction on length of appointment, nor number of hours.

f.  PZ06 Student Services (Student)

  • Generally used for positions such as Resident Assistants, Student Government, as well as other student positions paid on a monthly basis.
  • Paid a flat rate according to a submitted, monthly schedule.
  • Include description of duties on appointment form.

g.  PZ07 Temporary Employee - Non-UI Student

  • Minimum hourly rate is the minimum wage ($7.25).
  • Include description of duties on appointment form.
  • Obtain written acknowledgement/signature of student at time of appointment and at the beginning of every semester to the following phrase: "I acknowledge that it is my responsibility to notify my supervisor at the University of Iowa immediately when I am no longer enrolled as a student at another academic institution."
  • Appointment must end when they are no longer a student.
  • Department is responsible for tracking hours worked and not exceeding the student limit of 20 hours/week (unlimited during academic breaks) or 680 hours/year.

h.  PX90 Pastoral Services

  • Paid a flat rate according to a submitted, monthly schedule.
  • Maximum one-year appointment with possible EOD extension.
  • Include description of duties on appointment form.

Health insurance may be purchased by those on biweekly appointments when they meet the following criteria, as confirmed with the department by University Benefits:

  • Has been and/or is anticipated to work at least half-time;
  • Will be employed for at least six months.
  • The employee is billed directly for health insurance; it is not deducted from pay.

Special compensation may be paid to persons on biweekly appointments.

Positions whose duties are consistent with those of classifications in the merit system are eligible for appointment within that system only; they may not be appointed to any of the job code titles mentioned above.

  • Appointed as temporary Merit, with the 4 consecutive months limit and 780-hour fiscal year limit.
  • May use G1T Merit Helper classification and its hourly rate if it is appropriate to do so.  If the responsibilities of the position are Merit in nature, it should be placed into the classification that is the closest match.