Got a New Project Coming Up? The Benefits of Hiring Temporary or Contract Labor
- Rob Recchia
- Jul 08, 2021
You’ve got a new project, but you quickly realize your team isn’t large enough to deliver it on schedule or budget. You have two choices—ask or demand that your current team put in the overtime, or hire temporary or contract staff. When you need help fast for the short-term, going the temp direction is a smart choice, and the proof is in the numbers: more help means less stress on your current staff, and the impact on your bottom line is often less than if you went the overtime route.
There are advantages to hiring temporary labor outside of saving money. Temps have their own unique work experiences and bring a specialized skill set that should ideally complement or add to your current staff. Here are three benefits from hiring temporary employees. Find Quality Talent The best providers of temporary labor are those who have access to the best talent available, freeing you from the cost and time of extensive training. An added bonus is having that quality talent quickly available. As a rule, they can start within a few days to a few weeks of your request and they usually walk in ready to become a part of your team. You may even find one or more individuals who would be a great long-term fit for your organization. In other words, your next temp might be your next permanent asset! Leave the Heavy Lifting to Others The best way to relieve the pressure of quickly finding a qualified candidate is to turn to a staffing agency and let them do the hard work for you. Let them:
- Source, recruit, interview, and match the best candidates to the jobs they are best qualified for
- Filter through the hundreds of applicants and conduct screening processes for those that meet your needs
- Handle payroll and tax paperwork
- Protect Your Bottom Line
While the hourly rate you pay for temp/contract labor is generally higher than the base rate you pay an employee, the actual cost of getting the work done is less:
- Time consuming personnel and record-keeping operations on your part are basically eliminated
- You avoid the expense associated with filing forms for payroll taxes, administration, and fringe benefits
- There is no need for advertising, vetting, interviewing, or all of the other functions required as there are when you bring in a new hire
- You pay only for the actual time worked
When you decide to engage with a staffing agency and bring on temporary labor or contractors, you’re making a great choice for your project, your current staff, and yourself.