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Here’s Why Contract Staffing Can Be an Excellent Choice for IT Roles

Contract staffing is not a panacea for solving all of your workforce challenges. 

But depending on your job requirements, it can be an excellent solution to fill IT jobs. This post will discuss the strategic use of contract staffing solutions and contract workers to fill critical IT needs in companies of all sizes and scopes. 

But what exactly is a contract worker? Business News Daily put it in context in an article earlier this month:

A contractor – also called a contract worker, independent contractor or freelancer – is a self-employed worker who operates independently on a contract basis. A contractor is not an employee; instead, they run their own entity (such as a sole proprietorship, limited liability company or limited liability partnership) and are contracted out by organizations to work on particular projects or assignments. Their contract relationships can be short- or long-term. A contractor can work for a company but is not technically on their payroll. They can also do work for multiple companies at one time.

That’s a great definition. Contractors should not be considered employees. They are treated as a special class of workers for IRS purposes. Our team can help you ensure that you’re following all the employment rules and IRS guidelines if you need some assistance.  

Patel Consultants can help you with all your recruiting and staffing needs, including contract staffing, temp-to-hire, direct-hire, and everything in between. Call us today at 908-964-7575. 

Now we’re going to cover four fundamental hiring challenges that hiring managers can address with contract staffing solutions. Let’s get started with the basics.

Filling Short-Term Needs for Specialized Information Technology Skills

This is the basic blocking and tackling of contract staffing. Information technology in 2022 is an industry comprised of specialists. These specialists include coders, system engineers, security specialists, DevOps pros, and a host of other niche skill sets. 

Information technology has a significant impact on nearly every business sector and every company, regardless of size. And there will be massive demand for IT professionals of all stripes for the next five years at least.

Contract staffing is an excellent way for hiring teams and human resources professionals to fill short-term needs for specialized skills to keep your projects moving. IT has always been an industry conducive to gig work, and that trend continues to increase. 

There is a large pool of IT specialists that prefer to work as independent contractors. They can help companies tremendously with temporary projects and technology needs that don’t require a full-time employee.    

Evaluating Potential Full-Time Employees With Temp-To-Hire Staffing 

Temp-to-hire employment contracts can be an excellent way for employers and potential employees to evaluate each other. Early terminations due to a poor cultural fit and work-lifestyle mismatches are too common. It takes time to determine cultural and overall workplace fit.  

Temp-To-Hire workforce arrangements can be a win-win for both sides of the hiring equation. The candidate’s employment goals are clearly communicated to the employer, along with work preferences, like flexible work environments and schedules. Both sides understand each other going into the relationship.

Both parties can now fully evaluate each other in a real-world work environment. 

Building A Portfolio Of Go-To IT Resources

In tight hiring markets, hiring teams need to be constantly on the lookout for top-notch IT talent. We pointed this out in a recent post: 

At Patel, we understand that employers can’t make sound hiring decisions based on the potential for new positions in the future. That’s why we recommend hiring companies put strategies in place to build a portfolio of potential future full-time employees. One way to accomplish this is by consistently evaluating talent through contract and contract-to-hire positions.

Having a current portfolio of go-to IT resources can be an invaluable business resource. But how can you get started when you’re already too busy to recruit for your existing IT positions?

We’ll answer that question with a bonus tip! 

A trusted partnership with a recruiting firm that understands your industry, culture, and hiring objectives can help you set and meet your hiring and workforce management goals.  

When we engage with a client to fill a direct-hire, temporary, temp-to-hire, or contract position, we are meticulous about placing the right candidate. 

Are you a hiring manager or human resources professional with a job search, or searches, underway? Are you looking for workforce management solutions? 

Maybe you just have questions about how we can help you with your staffing needs.

Check Us Out Today!

Call us today at 908-964-7575, or get in touch online. Our expert recruiters are waiting for your call.