From software development to construction, skilled engineers have always been in high demand. In the past several years, an increasing number of companies have been opting for contract engineers rather than full-time employees. Here are some Benefits of Hiring Contract Engineers?
and Here are a few reasons why:
COVID-19 has changed the way we work
When talking about anything employment related in 2021, the elephant in the room is, of course, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Though this switch towards contract engineers started before any of us had even heard of COVID, it would be crazy to think that the coronavirus didn’t impact the way businesses filled positions or the way engineers looked for work.
A renewed focus on organizational flexibility
Ask any hiring manager or business owner – laying off employees is one of the worst aspects of the job. While firing someone with cause isn’t exactly a walk in the park, it’s usually justified by the employee’s performance (or lack thereof).
Laying someone off due to external circumstances out of their control is an entirely different ballgame. Nevertheless, that’s what millions of employers have had to do over the past several years. Between COVID, wildfires, and an increasingly volatile economy, the old way of working…wasn’t always working.
When you use contract engineers, the fixed start date and end date of the contract gives employers and employees short term stability and long-term flexibility.
An increased supply of skilled contract engineers
Due to the points mentioned above, many established salaried workers have taken a more active role in their career, and the engineering field is no exception. Rather than spending the majority of their career with one company, many skilled workers are choosing to explore multiple options as contract engineers.
This creates a win-win situation for employers and employees.
Niche contact engineers are more accessible
A generation ago, hiring a contract engineer either meant you were paying top dollar for an industry-leading consultant or specialist, or you were paying low wages for a quick fix.
There wasn’t much in between. The internet has changed that drastically, giving mid-level companies unprecedented access to specialized contract engineers and specialists.
The biggest reason? Contract engineers save you money
At the end of the day, the biggest factor driving this increase is basic economics. Contract engineers are a reliable, efficient way to boost the ROI on your complex projects without breaking the bank.