Contract workers open up the talent pool of candidates for diverse industries. From accounting and finance, to HR and corporate support, contract workers can support projects you need help with when your bandwidth is low.
The following are six reasons to consider hiring contract workers.
1. Complete Projects More Quickly
Contract workers can be brought in whenever you have large projects but not enough people power to complete them in your desired timeframe. You have the ability to bring in a contractor to keep the company operating with business-critical tasks, while the search for the best qualified and subjective fit continues on.
Contract workers can:
- Support your full-time workers and project leads
- Focus on specific tasks to complete for the project
- Fill in gaps wherever you need productivity
As new projects come up, you can access a talent bank of contract workers who are ready to come in and get to work. This can streamline the project completion process for your business.
Contract workers can also provide a morale boost for your full-time staff. You can avoid burnout, frustration and costly mistakes by using contract workers to supplement your team and support your project needs.
2. Shorten Hiring Processes
Hiring processes for permanent full-time employees can be drawn-out affairs. According to a 2020 report by Glassdoor, a study of 84,000 interview reviews found the average hiring process length in the U.S. is around 24 days. Permanent full-time employees under consideration may go through several rounds of interviews and may have to complete tests or practice projects before they’re hired.
Contract workers provide on-demand talent. They’re ready to get to work immediately and don’t need to put in two weeks’ notice with an employer, since they know exactly when their most recent contract will end.
Since they’re not permanent employees, hiring contract workers can also decrease the amount of interviews that are required to hire them. You can get to know the quality of work while they’re on the job. You can potentially hire them as a permanent full-time employee in the future if you want and skip a lengthy interview process, as well.
3. Achieve Flexibility
In changing markets and uncertain economies, contract workers are a flexible talent solution. A contract recruiting expert at Accrue says, “When you’re bringing on a contractor, everything is contingent. You’re not locked into a contractual timeline or obligated to retain the contract worker’s services once their contract is over. This allows you to keep the resource short or longer as needed. You set the parameters for how long the worker will be with you, which gives you more control over your workforce and budget.”
If your business is experiencing growth, you can bring on contract workers to immediately support that and potentially hire them on as full-time employees later on. If you’re experiencing workforce needs due to temporary issues like maternal leave, a contract worker helps you sustain operations in the meantime.
4. Save on Costs
Contract workers can help you save on various expenses. These might include:
- Physical office space and equipment
- Benefits, like health insurance and paid time off
- Onboarding and training costs
Depending on the contract worker’s job responsibilities, they may be able to work remotely, with their own equipment, with minimal training. Compared to full-time employees who may require resources like these, contract workers can potentially save you considerably.
5. Gain New Perspectives
Temporary workers can add a wealth of knowledge to your workforce. They may have worked for many more employers compared to your full-time workers, which means they can expose your team to new methods, processes, technologies and ideas.
Contract workers can revitalize your workforce with new energy and talent. They may inspire your full-time employees to put in more effort at work. They can also drive innovation by providing valuable insights.
6. Create a Talent Pipeline
Some short-term roles are contract-to-hire positions, meaning the candidate will be evaluated for a potential full-time position once the contract ends. According to the contract recruiters at Accrue, these positions provide benefits, including:
- Hiring a contractor allows you to “try before you buy.” You can test out the employee to see if they’re a fit for the role. You have the ability to see their skill set at work, understand their experience and their use of technology, and ensure there’s a subjective fit between them and your organization before you commit to hiring them full-time.
- You can learn if the employee aligns with your company’s culture.
- If the contract employee isn’t a match for your company, it’s easier to move on compared to ending a relationship with a full-time employee.
Even temporary contract workers who leave your company may be a fit for full-time roles in the future. If your company doesn’t have the budget to hire additional permanent employees at the moment, you can still get to know contract workers and keep them in mind for future relevant opportunities.
Hire Contract Workers with AccruePartners
An AccruePartners contract recruiter says, “We recommend to our clients to always consider hiring contractors because it’s a strategic way to get talent in the door quickly. If your need is urgent, AccruePartners can identify talent and have them start as quickly as possible.”
We specialize in recruiting contract talent for industries including:
- Accounting and finance
- Information technology
- Marketing, digital and creative
- Human resources
- Financial services
- Corporate support
Contact us for a free consultation on how we can help your business with contract staffing needs.