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The value of hiring contractors

Many employers see contracting simply as a temporary solution until a permanent hire is found, helping to bridge shortfalls in staff numbers and manage short-term growth.

However, there are many different advantages to taking on contractors. Here, our contract recruitment experts explore the numerous values contractors can bring to a company of all shapes and sizes, and how they can benefit businesses across all sectors.

New ideas and skills 

Businesses today have a wide range of needs and requirements that permanent staff simply do not have the capacity to achieve, or the skills required to meet these needs.  Many organisations have a constant need for expertise from third parties, particularly for new project implementations at short-term notice. 

Contractors are often better performers than those in permanent positions because of their exposure to other more advanced companies. They are specialists in their field due to the various environments they’ve worked in, meaning they can offer unique insights and solutions to existing company problems.

Contractors can help avert internal company business and help facilitate conflicting perceptions to help direct the business in the most effective way possible. Their fresh perspectives help you gain new ideas and implement required changes.

Cost saving solutions 

Contractors are cost-effective resources to accommodate project-driven demands and unexpected upturns in internal operations and systems. Outsourcing is a great way to save money in comparison to taking on permanent employees. Consider the following:

  • No holiday, sick or employee entitlements liability
  • Reduced overhead costs
  • Workcover insurance covered by agency 
  • Controlled staffing budget 

 

Flexibility 

Contractors offer the advantage of flexible working hours and a willingness to accommodate inevitable changes during their contract. Today, many employers view this key attribute as an essential ingredient for success and is something only achieved through contracted staff. 

Quick fixes to employee headcount

Contractors offer a quick-fix solution to regular employee absences which can impact on business productivity and team motivation. Whether its maternity leave, sick leave or peak season annual leave, contractors can be very helpful short-term solutions, eliminating the need to take on new and costly permanent employees by bridging shortages internal skills and headcount gaps. 

Contractors are often specialists in their field due to the various working environments they’ve worked in, meaning they can offer unique insights and solutions to existing company problems.

Project implementation or company change projects require contractors that are readily available with the technical ability and strength to perform to a high standard from day one. Contractors can be a key and strategic resource, as they don’t require resources such as training, compared to permanent hires. Contracting can, therefore, be a cost-saving approach for organisations.

Expert temporary fulfilment when looking for a permanent hire

Searching for the best quality permanent staff in the market can take some time to complete, with the period between interview to offer stage often taking several weeks. The notice period for middle- to senior-level professionals also must be considered, as this can be 3 or 6 months, and without careful planning, business critical work can be delayed.

Contractors offer employers the flexibility to search for expert permanent staff whilst the interim period is filled with highly skilled temporary professionals who can maintain the quality of work during this time.

Contractors relieve pressure for hiring managers, preventing the hiring process from being rushed - ensuring you hire a high-quality permanent headcount whilst not impacting on the business performance during this period.

Get in touch with our contract recruiters for advice on temporary recruitment or  tell us about an upcoming project which requires temporary talent.

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