Contract Engineering Services is an arrangement wherein a 3rd party provides contract engineering services (like Expect) to a client company for a specific period of time (3, 6, 12 months, or longer), at a specified hourly “bill rate”. And while contract engineering services are for a set period of time, the contract can be renewed.
In traditional employee-employer relationships, companies hire individuals directly, who then become full time employees. But with contractor engineering services, a number of work models are employed to suit the overall needs of your organization as well as the contractor.
If you’re a company that is looking for flexible ways to fill skillset gaps within your organization, partnering with a contract engineering services provider like Expect is a great option.
What to Consider?
Your need for contract engineering services will largely depend on the nature of your project requirements. Software companies for example, want to find seasoned and skilled developers that are experienced in the software code & frameworks they use. Defense contractors may be seeking employees with security clearances, and US citizenship.
Contract engineering services can fill in such voids as they generally have access to a wide database of contract employees that fits these specifications. You might also want to consider other factors such as:
Scope of the work, length of assignment, subject matter expertise requirements, etc.
Opportunity costs of hiring an employee vs. contractor
Ability to fund and maintain contractual staff within your organization
Your long-term, as well as short-term staffing needs, business goals, and market conditions
When to Hire a Contractor?
A contract engineering services can provide contractors should work closely with you and your management in order to first define the requirements. This includes scope of work, services provided, bill rate, and so on. Contract engineering services are very beneficial when:
It is no longer feasible for your company to maintain your own HR staff, since they handle most of the paperwork involved in recruitment and staffing. This leaves you and your managers free to tend to other tasks, projects, and pursuits.
You have an open position for a job of a specialized nature or require multiple skilled workers for a specific job that is not long lasting nor something that your business handles continually.
You only need a particular set of workers to complete a specified task or during a particular season.
Hiring a long-term employee(s) isn’t economically feasible, or due to location, a contractor is the only option to fill your needs.
With projects constantly kicking off and concluding, it can be difficult to manage the recruiting on your own, and it might be expensive to hire permanent employees to perform such tasks. It is in such cases that engineering staffing bridges the recruitment and expertise gaps that such organizations might face.
Engineering staffing now will not only free up your management’s time, but it will also help them to save on overhead costs in the long run. Compared to full-time/perm employees, a contractor can be more affordable, and will also work with your organization beyond the employee hiring process. This includes active training and development, imparting soft skills, and so on.
So Who Takes Responsibility for the Contractors?
The staffing agency assumes the process of sourcing, screening, and presenting the contractors to their clients. In addition, the staffing agency will cover all the necessary insurance and payroll. The staffing agency also takes care of finding the right employee for your specific job. Their access to large pool of freelance workers will ensure the best fit for the role in your specific department.
Engineering staffing can be complicated, and choosing the right staffing agency can be a daunting task. Just make sure that you do thorough research and find a provider with experience and positive reviews.