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PROS: The Benefits of Hiring a Contract Engineer

PROS: The Benefits of Hiring a Contract Engineer

Hiring the right engineer for your company does not always mean taking on a full time permanent employee. The pool of contract engineers working on a temp basis often includes men and women who have more overall years of experience as well as those who have specialized experience.  Hiring from this pool can bring the exact talent needed to a particular job or project.  If you are not convinced that hiring a contract engineer will fit your company’s needs, the following list of benefits may help persuade you.  [See the video blog version below]

Faster Hiring Process

The hiring process with contract workers can typically be completed more quickly, which means you can have someone on site working on the project weeks before a direct hire would be under contract. I’ve seen some clients of mine complete the hiring of a contractor in less than a week. Whereas, a perm placement hiring process can take up to 3 months (including: interviewing, offer, salary negotiations, start date, onboarding).

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Budget Flexibility

Contract hiring often falls under a different line item on a company’s budget than direct hiring, so it is often possible to hire contract employees by using a project budget, even when a company is under a hiring freeze.  Hiring a contract engineer allows you to fill short-term needs without making long-term commitments.

Budget Savings

Even when contract hires are paid a higher hourly rate, companies often realize a savings by not having to provide full-time benefits and pay employment related taxes and fees.

Ready Talent Pool

Regularly hiring contract engineers allows your company to build a network of experienced talent who can be relied on when there are short-term needs in the future.

Enhance Expertise Within Your Company

Cultivate relationships with highly specialized talent that you may not need on staff full time, but who complement and enhance the expertise of staff engineers when needed.

Extended Trial Period

Hiring a candidate to work on a contract basis is an opportunity for an extended trial period. This is true whether the position is for a contract to hire or a temporary need situation.


Fewer Risks When Job Ends

Contract engineers are “hired at will.” When their services are no longer needed, their job ends. They expect this to happen. There is no need to worry about paying severance or offering benefit extensions.


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  3. Tomas KillingtonMarch 6, 2017 at 6:28 amReply

    I recently completed a basic engineering course in my town as a hobby. There are so many complex tasks that engineers are doing, and I had no idea. The fact that companies can hire engineers on contract basis while still enjoying all benefits makes having an engineer on staff seem like a great option for companies. I’ll always remember how impressive engineers are.

    • Chris SpechtApril 4, 2017 at 1:50 pmReplyAuthor

      Yes, us engineers are responsible for the design of many things that enhance our lives. Whether it’s software, mechanical, electrical, or any other engineering discipline, I encourage all curious spirits to study engineering and how it benefits our world each day.

  4. VideoPortalApril 2, 2017 at 10:16 amReply

    Do you need a skilled, experienced worker for a new project? Hiring a contractor instead of a full-time employee may save you time and money. So what are the benefits and disadvantages of using independent contractors?

    • Chris SpechtApril 4, 2017 at 1:47 pmReplyAuthor

      Hello, we have lots of great blog posts that cover the Pro’s/Con’s of using independent contractors. Is there a particular topic you’re interested in?

  5. Dave AndersonApril 11, 2017 at 1:38 pmReply

    I think that it would be important to make sure that when you are in need of a contractor to find someone who is freelance so that they can help with small jobs. Having everything that you are going to do planned out before hand would be very beneficial. If you do that you will be able to get different bids from the different engineers that you are looking into.

    • Chris SpechtApril 12, 2017 at 12:30 pmReplyAuthor

      Hi Dave, I can’t agree with you more! Accurate project planning and bidding is crucial to the success of any project involving contractors. Please connect with me on LinkedIn. Thanks for the reply!

  6. Thomas PindallJuly 3, 2017 at 10:46 amReply

    Wow, it’s interesting that professional engineering contractors can build a network of experienced talent. In my opinion, I think it’s important to have people that can be relied on for short-term needs for a specific project. By having reliable people working on a project, the amount of stress that can come with it, is drastically reduced.

    • Chris SpechtJuly 3, 2017 at 2:51 pmReplyAuthor

      Hi Thomas, thank you for the reply & feedback. I have a lot more helpful articles if you’re interested. Please let me know if there’s any topic you’re interested in. Thanks again! CHRIS

  7. Kylie DottsAugust 7, 2017 at 9:22 amReply

    It makes sense that you would save money hiring an expert engineer for only a project compared to having one constantly in your employment. Considering that you wouldn’t have to provide benefits or pay a monthly wage it definitely seems like you would save in the long run. Plus, you would be able to have access to a professional service who has experience in their field rather than someone who is fresh out of college or who has a questionable amount of experience under their belt.

    • Chris SpechtAugust 8, 2017 at 10:49 amReplyAuthor

      Hi Kylie, thank you for the reply! I come in contact with many seasoned contractors that love just doing contract work. They make a nice monthly wage for their skills, and they get to apply all their years of experience doing exactly what they love 🙂

  8. Khorae OlivierFebruary 6, 2018 at 11:07 amReply

    I like that you said you could hire a contract engineer under a project’s budget even when the company itself has a hiring freeze. One of my previous jobs had this very situation and being able to do this saved the company not only money but cultivated a good relationship with the engineer so we could do better projects. Thank you for talking about how filling short-term needs without long-term commitments can still enhance the expertise of the company when they go out and hire engineering services.

    • Chris SpechtFebruary 12, 2018 at 5:07 pmReplyAuthor

      Hi Khorae, thank you for the nice comment! Yes, contract engineers and contract employees play a vital part in the development and delivering of all sorts of important services. Many companies have a percentage of their staff dedicated to contract positions and allocate budget just for their skillsets. Please let me know if there are any other topics you’d like to see available here. And feel free to add me on LinkedIn: http://www.linkdedin.com/in/expectdenver

  9. Todd StaufferApril 23, 2018 at 11:10 amReply

    I like how you said that hiring someone on a contract means that you can have a longer trial period. This seems like a great idea to do as an electrical company because of the nature of the job. You could have them do some jobs, see how the results are, and then hire them if you feel that it would be a good idea.

    • Chris SpechtApril 23, 2018 at 11:41 amReplyAuthor

      Hi Todd, actually the contract length varies from employer to employer. I’ve had clients keep contractors for 2 years, and those that only use them for 3 months, then hire them full-time. It just depends on their needs. An example; I have a couple companies that I work with that have a policy of hiring everyone on a contract basis for 90 days to see how it goes, before making them full-time employee offers.

  10. Rosie BeckettJune 18, 2018 at 10:30 amReply

    My husband’s business is adding a new machine for building their products and they are thinking of hiring an engineering service to help them, so I am glad that I found this article. You make a great point that it enhances expertise within your company because you can get a lot of outside advice and ideas from these engineers. Also, the fact that you will have fewer risks because they can evaluate any dangers will give my husband peace of mind.

    • Chris SpechtJune 18, 2018 at 8:06 pmReplyAuthor

      Hi Rosie, thank you for stopping by, and thank you for comment. Yes, one of the key benefits of hiring a contractor is that they often bring lots of experience from prior companies, both large and small. For example, a contractor could make a recommendation on a vendor to setup and maintain your new machinery that saves money over the long-term with reduced downtime and increased capacity.

      Please be sure to add me on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/expectdenver

  11. Ellie DavisJune 18, 2018 at 8:21 pmReply

    Thank you for pointing out that regularly hiring engineers allows your company to build a network of experienced talent. Hiring engineers seem like a great idea for a business. Hopefully, they do their research and find the best ones possible.

    • Chris SpechtJune 19, 2018 at 10:35 amReplyAuthor

      Hi Ellie, yes another ancillary benefit of using specialized contractors is that over time you build a nice list of talented professionals and consultants that know you business, it’s culture, and your goals. Glad you were able to get some good insights here! Please be sure to add me on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/expectdenver

  12. Thomas WestgrenAugust 28, 2018 at 10:04 amReply

    I like how you said that hiring engineers is really handy because you can cultivate relationships with people who you may not need constantly, but who might be needed every once in a while. This seems like a really good idea because that way you might be able to get cheaper rates or something like that. That way you can put the money you save toward other things that might be worth more to you.

    • Chris SpechtAugust 31, 2018 at 8:04 amReplyAuthor

      Hi Thomas, thank you for the great comment! Yes, I believe one of the most important things a company can do is cultivate a good relationship with their local contractors that specialize in skills relevant to their business. I see this especially with big software development projects, IT, and many engineering projects. And yes, I believe you’ll get favorable rates from contractors if they feel it’s important to create long-term relationships. Please add me on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/expectdenver

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