When Should I Hire An IT Contractor?
Choosing to hire an IT contractor is a great decision. IT contractors are men and women equipped with the skills needed to accomplish a short-term project for your company.
However, it can be difficult to decide whether to hire an IT contractor or a long-term employee. Making the wrong decision can have negative consequences for you and your company. So when should you hire an IT contractor? Let’s take a look.
When The Job Requires Special Skills
You should consider hiring an IT contractor when you need a project done that goes beyond the scope of what your current IT talent is capable of. Even if you regularly train your IT department, there will be systems and software that they are unfamiliar with. In these cases, IT contractors are a great way to accomplish a short-term project which requires specialized knowledge.
This saves the company time and money in several ways. IT contractors are hired for a job, not long-term. This means you don’t have to:
- Pay benefits
- Spend time on the hiring process
- Worry about severance when the job is over
- Train the contractor on the company’s procedures
IT contractors simply come into your business, accomplish their tasks, and go to the next client.
When The Project Is Short-Term
A good rule of thumb is to hire an IT contractor when you have a short-term (under 6 months) specialized project. If it’s something that will need to be done regularly in the future, such as maintenance on new company software, consider training a current IT employee as this may save time and money going forward. But one-time short-term projects can be handled most effectively by IT contract labor.
While IT contractors can be used for only one project, it’s not uncommon for companies to build relationships with contractors and use them multiple times. This continues to benefit both parties. This is because businesses don’t have to pay the fees that come with hiring long-term employees, and contractors can use their skillset to sustain themselves.
Hiring an IT contractor is a great solution to your IT needs that can benefit multiple parties.
How To Hire An IT Contractor
Hiring an IT contractor is simple. One way to reach out to them is through a recruiting agency. IT contractors work with recruiters to find companies looking for specialized talent. When you go to a recruiting agency you can explain your needs and they can quickly pair you with an individual qualified to meet them.
How Can Techbridge Help?
At TechBridge, our goal is to bridge the gap between business and employee, matching qualified workers with the companies who need them. If you have any further questions or you’re interested in our staffing and recruiting process, contact us today!