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How contract recruitment works


The past two years have really accelerated the growing shift toward more of a gig economy. According to a 2020 report by Ceridian, 70% of companies expect to use more contract and temporary workers in the next few years.

If you’ve been dreaming about leaving your current full-time job for something that offers more flexibility and the potential to try something new, now is the time to make that change!

But is contract work right for you? While contract work isn’t a match for everyone, it does have advantages for those wanting a change of pace.

We break down contract work and contract recruitment for both job seekers and hiring managers to help you decide if an exciting, new career change is your next move.

What is contract work?

Contract work is work that supports a specific project or an organisation during a busy time. This type of work happens for a predetermined amount of time, with the potential to extend the contract at the end of the period.

A contract position fills in the gaps in a company’s workforce. It’s also becoming an increasingly popular part of staffing management plans for hiring managers.

Some reasons why people decide to leave their permanent jobs for contract work include:

  1. A change of pace or scenery
  2. A desire for flexible work
  3. Gain experience in a particular field/industry
  4. Explore new professional opportunities without committing full-time

What are the advantages of contract work?

Contract work has become an increasingly popular option for job seekers and companies. And the proof is in the numbers. Each year, staffing agencies hire close to 16 million temporary and contract workers.

The main advantage of contract work for an individual is providing career opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise find in a regular, full-time job.

Contract recruitment allows people to experience new work and training, which leaves room for professional development.

Contract recruitment can help individual job seekers by helping bolster their resume with relevant experiences, expand their network, increase chances for future opportunities, and provide a chance for contractors to get in touch with more people doing the work they’re interested in.

The advantages of contract work also extend to companies. Contract recruitment is a more flexible approach to staffing projects, it’s a great way to solve workforce skills shortages, and it supports the full-time staff by helping evenly distribute the weight of demanding jobs.

Contract recruitment is a cost-effective solution to supplementing your current workforce because, as an company, you do not need to provide benefits, vacation time, sick pay, or taxes. These are all taken care of by the contractor.

There are also fewer costs associated with onboarding, training, and professional development when hiring a contract worker with a specific skillset and expertise.

Contract workers usually have more experience than other working groups, making them valuable assets that can quickly jump in and get started in a role.

The benefits of contract work for job seekers and companies are extensive. Consider adding this option to your next job search!


How does contract recruitment work?

Even though contract recruitment is common and becoming more popular, many people still don’t fully know the contract recruitment process for contractors or the companies that need need them.

When it comes to contract recruitment, workers are signed to specific contracts that last a predetermined amount of time. These contracts can be a valuable solution for short periods of intense project work, or for positions that are hard to fill permanently.

The process of contract recruitment involves a few steps:

  1. The company recognises its needs and determines which positions need contract workers
  2. Hire a professional recruitment agency to help source, vet, and recommend the right candidates for the role(s)
  3. If a suitable candidate is chosen, the company would hire and sign a contract with that individual
  4. Paying that contractor is done through the recruitment agency to free up internal resources

What questions should I ask about a contract position?

Suppose you are a job seeker interested in transitioning to contract recruitment or an company needing a more flexible team. In that case, it’s important to understand what you’re getting into.

These questions can help guide your contract recruitment experience and ensure everyone is on the same page:

  1. How long is the contract?
  2. What is the company culture and position like?
  3. What are the typical hours?
  4. Is this a contract-to-hire position?
  5. What is the contract pay rate?
  6. What expense will be covered by the contract?
  7. How will this position help me professionally?
  8. What happens when the contract is over?


Recruitment agencies help with contract placements

If you’ve decided that contract recruitment is right for you but don’t know where to start looking, get in touch with a recruitment agency!

Recruitment agencies are valuable resources for both job seekers and hiring managers. A recruiter will work with you to find a role you’re interested in or fill your job openings.

For a job seeker, reaching out to a recruiter can help streamline your job search and determine what type of contract is ideal for your needs. In addition, a recruiter can support your career change and provide valuable industry information and advice on tailoring your resume for the contract role you’re interested in.

For a company, a recruiter can help you find amazing people for your projects and open positions. This is done by using candidate resumes or by actively reaching out to qualified candidates for the role. Partnering with a recruitment agency allows a recruiter to present your organisation to a large pool of qualified industry candidates.

Working with a recruiter can even provide better results! Experienced and well-connected contract recruiters already have an extensive network they can turn to. This shortens the time spent searching for ideal candidates. Meaning your crucial project requiring a specific skill set doesn’t wait as long for help.

Picking the right recruitment agency is vital. Choose an organisation with an established, relevant talent pool and experienced recruiters who understand your industry. This will support your bottom line and organisational goals by connecting the right people with the right jobs.

Need help with contract recruitment?

If you’re looking to fill open roles with qualified contract workers that are a good fit with your current projects, connect with us today! Let’s work together to match your company with the ideal candidates.

Looking for a new contract position? Apply to our open positions and let us help you with your next career move.


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