How Contract Staffing Works

If you need to hire, you need to plan for all outcomes. Even if your team seems to be meeting its goals, sudden interruption can throw entire projects into disarray. In these instances, it’s your job to supply the manpower necessary to complete these tasks on time and on budget. This can place significant constraints on your performance, and you may start to feel additional stress and pressure as a result.

Thankfully, you still have options you can turn to in these situations. Contract staffing can provide you with adaptable workers who are uniquely qualified to handle your organization’s specific needs. The right recruiter will ensure that your organization receives the help you need, when you need it. You won’t have to worry about overages or missed deadlines when you work with these firms.

It’s easy to remain skeptical about contract staffing, but this attitude only hurts your company in the end. Read on to find out how you can fulfill your project staffing needs.

Why Do People Use Contractors?

It’s easy to see why companies hire short-term contractors instead of full-time employees. Setbacks occur for a number of reasons: your team may require specialized knowledge that it lacks. It may also be in the throes of “crunch time,” that period in development when workers have to put in excessive overtime to meet a deadline. In each case, your organization could benefit from having an extra set of hands involved.

Contract staffing offers you these additional resources without the drawbacks of a traditional hiring process. It removes the long-term considerations you would have to make to hire a full-time employee, and it requires less time to source and select candidates. You’ll quickly see these workers’ skills when you work with a qualified staffing agency.

What Do Agreements Typically Entail?

Agreements will obviously differ depending on the companies and recruiters involved. No two organizations have the same needs, so the specific terms must be worked out before a deal is made. Still, agreements generally concern staffing agencies and the organization for whom services will be rendered.

Once the deal is complete, staffing agencies will generally send contractors directly to the company. These temporary employees will work alongside the client’s team to achieve the organization’s stated goals.

Who Pays the Contractor?

While contract staffing is generally convenient for most organizations, it can also create confusion regarding the payment process. After all, the worker is delivering services directly for your organization. Does this mean you have to put them on your payroll?

In most agreements, the client pays the staffing agency, and it remunerates contractors in turn for their services. This benefits contractors in several ways. If they’re not an incorporated consultant (i.e., they receive a T4 in Canada, or W2 in the US) the agency willgenerally take care of tax, EI premiums, and other fees from workers’ paychecks. This saves them from handling these tasks on their own, as incorporated consultants do.

Why Do Contractors Sign on with Recruiting Firms?

You may wonder why a contractor works for a recruitment agency instead of pursuing a full-time position. While many companies often need to hire full-time engineers and other technical workers, some may choose to work for a variety of companies to maintain more control over their careers.

Contract staffing agencies send workers to a variety of companies, so they generally develop a wide range of skills that may make them a more desirable candidate down the line. Recent graduates often pursue contract work to develop their reputations, while others are attracted by the higher rates that these companies offer. No matter their motivation, you can be sure that contractors will do their utmost to ensure you get the most out of their services.

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Trevor Breininger

Trevor Breininger

Trevor brings experience in both recruiting and business development to his role as Business Development Manager at Ian Martin. He knows the industry from both a recruiting and an account management perspective and would like to communicate what works best to clients. As an avid reader, Trevor reads everything from industry related books to science fiction. He also enjoys getting outside and enjoying a beautiful day on the golf course.
Trevor Breininger