When Is the Best Time to Hire Contract Staff?

Jebas ChristadossJebas Christadoss | Tue, May 16, 2017

Contract staffing has saved many companies from certain doom. When business owners find themselves in a tight spot, they can temporarily hire skilled professionals who will help get them out of it. The hiring manager can renew their contracts if continued labour is required, or the contract workers can be let go if the job is complete. There are more contract workers than full-time employees in some fields, so employers don’t lack for options, either. 

Unfortunately, contract staffing isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. It works wonders when done right, but a few simple miscalculations can reduce overall efficiency and incur excessive costs. Like any other recruitment process, the right circumstances need to be in place for a contract staffing plan to work. 

As a result, you must consider timing when you hire contract staff. The wrong decision at the wrong time could reduce your personnel’s efficiency and prevent you from achieving your goals. With that in mind, here are a few things to consider before you take the leap and bring on a contract worker.

Is Your Business Set to Expand or Shrink?

Growth brings both prosperity and doubt to a business. Sure, companies experience greater prestige and success as they expand, but they also face problems they’d never encounter if they’d remained small. Staffing is just one of these issues. As demand increases, hiring managers might feel pressured to bring on extra staff. But what happens if the company shrinks and layoffs are required? 

You can avoid these quandaries when you hire contract staff. These professionals aren’t permanent employees, so you won’t have to worry about dismissing a newly recruited full-time worker. Instead, you’ll get the flexibility and adaptability that long-term hires can’t match.

Do You Need Specialized Skills?

Specialized skills are like first-aid kits—you don’t always need them, but when you do, you really need them. Only a select number of projects may require outside expertise, but that knowledge will be essential to the completion of that task.

These situations put hiring managers in a difficult spot. They need to bring on workers to complete a task, but they don’t want to hire them permanently because their skills may only be needed for specific projects at specific times.

Contract staffing for technical projects allows your company to gain access to these professionals without committing to long-term work agreements. As a result, your technical teams will get the capabilities they need without incurring extensive expenses.

Do You Require Seasonal Workers?

Most companies experience busy periods and lulls over the course of a year. In some cases, these cycles are so regular that hiring managers can predict them before they happen. If demand increases, they may need additional staff to accommodate it. Yet they can’t keep these workers on indefinitely if this prosperity is provisional. 

Seasonal workers are the most common example of this phenomenon. When hiring managers anticipate a brief boom in business, they can hire contract staff for assistance until the busy period is over. These professionals get paid fairly for their labour, while companies get the help they need, when they need it, at a decent price.

Do You Need Extra Personnel to Complete a Project?

Unexpected delays can ruin a project. Managers may budget their resources effectively, yet unforeseen problems can still pop up. This can result in blown deadlines and severe penalties.

If you find yourself behind schedule on a given assignment, you can benefit from hiring temporary workersto get back on track. These workers can give you the extra push you need to complete an assignment. Best of all, additional personnel can reduce the pressure on your current employees and eliminate the need for crunch time.

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Jebas Christadoss

With over three years of experience in the staffing industry in both Canada and the U.S., Jebas is a motivated and determined recruiter at Ian Martin. Jebas is your connection for VMS and local accounts for contract, contract-to-hire, direct hire on W2, 1099, C2C, T4, and Incorporated.

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