When your team is under the gun to get a project done and you need to make sure you’ve got the best and brightest engineers on staff, you don’t always have to take on additional full-time employees. Engineering contractors have specialized experience you can tap into on a short-term basis to ensure your project runs smoothly, hits deadlines and meets budgets. If you aren’t utilizing contractors for your projects, you are missing out on some critical business benefits.
Contractors Shorten Time-To-Hire
It can take months to hire your ideal permanent, full-time employee for a project. When you strategically utilize contractors, the hiring cycle is less complex and there are fewer hoops to jump through, especially if you leave the heavy lifting to a trusted engineering recruiter.
On-Demand Access to Subject Matter Experts
One project may require specialized knowledge you normally don’t require on staff. Asking your existing team to try to cover that knowledge gap is a recipe for disaster, and hiring a permanent subject matter expert is a waste of resources if you don’t require their expertise year-round. Contractors bring that specialized knowledge to your project exactly when you need them, and then move on when the project is successfully completed.
Contractors Help Maintain Budget Integrity
Hiring permanent, full-time engineering staff makes a big dent in the hiring budget. However, contractor pay typically comes out of the project budget itself, which means you can access top talent without dipping into organizational profits. Since you aren’t required to pay benefits for contractors, your entire staffing budget remains intact. This also means if the company is under a hiring freeze, managers can still staff projects with the experts they need to ensure success.
Contractors Reduce Overtime and Prevent Burnout
Demanding projects require long hours and put added stress on your engineering staff. Too much overtime leads to stress, errors and lowered productivity overall. All of that added work leads to burnout which ultimately results in turnover. Adding contractors to a project can help keep your employees working their regular schedule and allows them to maintain healthy work-life balance, ensuring you can retain talented members of your workforce.
How to Realize the Business Benefits of Working With Contractors
All of these benefits help ensure project and organizational success, but only if you take the right approach. The hiring process for contractors should be as thorough as it is for full-time staff, but it takes a seasoned professional to know how to identify, attract and sign engineering contractors who will bring real value to your team.