With the rise of remote and hybrid working trends, contractual staffing has gained popularity because of its benefits to employers and workers. Businesses are increasingly turning to staffing agencies to supplement their in-house hiring, especially when looking for temporary workers in both local territories and abroad.
What is Contract Staffing?
In contrast to full-time permanent employees, contract staffing refers to a hiring agreement that is temporary or project-based rather than permanent—this includes independent contracts, part-time work, and seasonal labour. In many circumstances, a third-party staffing agency arranges it to cover a specific short-term project, busy season, or length of leave taken by a key employee.
Given the range of options available for human resources, why would companies add contract staffing to the mix? Let us take a look at some of the advantages.
1. Faster Hiring Process
Hiring through a contract staffing agency is usually a quicker option to fill talent gaps because they typically have a pool of professionals ready to work. Recruitment, vetting, internal sign-off, and other procedures take time. A staffing agency will handle the process of finding, vetting, and recommending the best candidates, as well as taking care of payroll, resources, and onboarding—if desired. This is especially important for establishments that are growing rapidly, such as startups.
One of the most attractive benefits of contract staffing is the potential savings, as organisations do not need to hire full-time employees for each role. Many companies turn to independent freelancers when seeking non-permanent hires. On the other hand, hiring independent contractors requires significant knowledge of the labour market and rates, as well as establishing administrative procedures for handling bills and compliance. A contract staffing agency can source employees with full awareness of labour market costs, compliance invoicing, and payment logistics already in place.
3. Access Talents From Anywhere
Most contract staffing agencies cover substantial geographic areas, allowing a single agency to find workers in almost any country or location on earth. The emergence of COVID-19 propelled the work into the future of work, allowing people to work from anywhere with stable internet. Employees are no longer required to conduct their tasks while standing near file cabinets and paper forms. Work can now be integrated from remote locations as businesses increasingly work in the cloud.
4. Mitigate Compliance Risks
Managing temporary employees can be stressful for an organisation’s HR department, which already has its hands full dealing with permanent staff and other in-house activities that demand their time and attention. And when companies misclassify contract workers as employees, the organisation may be held accountable for unpaid taxes and contributions, as well as penalties—both to the government and its employees. Partnering with a contract staffing company ensures that all necessary paperwork and procedures comply with corporate regulations and labour legislation.
5. Increase Flexibility
Contract staffing allows business owners to be more adaptable to shifting market conditions and job needs. If managed well, companies will enjoy a significant advantage of matching a supply of positions based on specific vacancies—boosting productivity and gaining access to an extensive network of professionals. With technology enabling recruiters to communicate better with job searchers, this flexibility will improve companies’ efficiency in the long run.
Hire on Demand With TG Group
We understand that choosing a staffing agency can be complex but with TG Group, it doesn’t have to be. Our Contingent Workforce Management (CWM) solutions are designed to increase responsiveness and agility in meeting your workforce requirements. Rest assured that our breadth of experience in the HR industry is armed with insights and resources to give your company a competitive edge in a fast-changing business environment.
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