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]
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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