Traditionally, businesses have used contract engineers to plug staffing shortfalls. However, there are other advantages to hiring contract engineers that can benefit your bottom line. If you are looking to achieve your strategic goals, and recruiting exceptional engineering talent has been a challenge, it might be time to consider working with contract engineers.
Get Access to Critical Skills
Typically, professionals who choose careers as contract engineers do so because they have expertise in a specific function. Often times, projects require specialized knowledge that may be lacking in your core team. Contractors are a great way to augment a total skill set with in-depth expertise. In fact, many firms call back engineering contractors who have done a great job in the past, because of their specialized expertise.
Contract Engineers Control Costs
Often, contract engineers are paid at a higher base rate than full-time employees, but that price tag can be misleading. Contract engineers can actually be much less costly because their rate does not include additional costs that come with salaried employees like benefits, paid leave, bonuses, social security taxes, etc. Contractors can also be paid out of a project budget rather than out of the general salary budget, which helps keep overall workforce costs in line.
It costs much less overall to hire skilled contractors to work on a specific project for a short period of time, rather than hiring full-time employees who may or may not have a place in the company once that project closes. At the end of a project, contractors move on to their next opportunity, leaving budgets intact.
Focus is on the Work, Not Office Politics
Whether you want to admit it or not, your employees work within the politics of your organization. Dealing with office politics eats up a lot of time that could be spent more productively. While there will always be exceptions, contractors typically do not have the time to get sucked into office drama. They understand that their ability to continue working and booking projects requires them to deliver results, so they aren’t much interested in the hubbub of typical office life.
Contractors’ ability to focus helps keep a project on track but it can also have other positive benefits. Bringing in subject matter experts can appeal to the natural competitive nature of your employees. Employees who were once complacent may suddenly feel motivated to outperform in an effort to compete with new contractors on the team.
Ready to Hire Contract Engineers?
If you are looking for talented contract engineers who can help your organization achieve its goals, contact the experts at PEAK Technical Staffing today. We are a national leader among engineering recruiting firms and we look forward to helping you with your next project.