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I’ve been racking my brain about this for a solid 30 minutes and I keep drawing blanks. I know there’s a specific word for someone who works at an establishment, but doesn’t work a consistent schedule. It’s not “part-timer” “floater” “Standby” or “On-call”. There’s a specific term for it, like you’d ask someone:

P1: “What days do you usually work?”

P2: “I only come in when they need extra help.”

P1: “Oh, so you’re a ____?”

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    Why does "part-timer" not work? Commented Oct 14, 2023 at 18:31
  • “On call” best fits the example sentence..
    – user 66974
    Commented Oct 14, 2023 at 19:18
  • Supernumerary? Commented Oct 14, 2023 at 23:57
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    P2 : Yes, I am a temp.
    – Graffito
    Commented Oct 15, 2023 at 7:58
  • Are you looking for PRN? It means as needed. In the medical fields, like nursing, this term is used frequently. merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prn
    – JLG
    Commented Oct 16, 2023 at 2:29

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You can say "I am a casual".

Cambridge Dictionary has

casual
noun

a worker who is not employed permanently but only when a company needs them

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    This is in the written title of some jobs Commented Oct 14, 2023 at 20:37
  • A recent term in UK is "zero hours contract". Commented Oct 14, 2023 at 20:56
  • That doesn’t sound like American English — not my version, anyway. Commented Oct 14, 2023 at 22:48
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    @TinfoilHat the Q is not tagged for American English dialect. Commented Oct 15, 2023 at 9:20
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freelance

adjective, adverb

doing particular pieces of work for different organizations, rather than working all the time for a single organization:

  • Most of the journalists I know are/work freelance.

  • a freelance artist

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    freelancer i.e. independent contractor
    – Lambie
    Commented Oct 15, 2023 at 15:32
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chwilliamslaw.com

"What Is Per Diem Employment?

Per diem employees do not have regular schedules and instead provide availability hours. They work those hours if their employer has a need for them. Instead of being paid at an hourly or salaried rate, per diem employees are paid on a per diem rate, which is often a higher rate."

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Would it be the itinerant worker?

M-W gives:

traveling from place to place especially
: covering a circuit.

itinerant preacher

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  • That implies travelling about looking for casual work, not working occasionally for the same company. Commented Oct 15, 2023 at 7:57
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I think the best answer would be a locum. A locum doctor acts like a supply teacher does in schools, arriving to support other staff as and when needed.

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