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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.

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 (interviewing, offer, salary negotiations, start date, onboarding).

Hiring 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.

Hiring 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.

Build 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.

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.

Maintain Critical Staff Under Poor Work Condition

Contract engineers can help with high-turnover situations where attrition due to a poor work environment is a problem. This is especially helpful when a company is getting started in an area or when closing down a location.

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 🙂

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