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THE BENEFITS OF CONTRACTING

Updated by Hays UAE, April 2017

Author: Simon Lance, Managing Director of Hays in China

The number of people choosing to work on a contract basis is rising, as workers and businesses realise the benefits of contracting.

There are many advantages for both employees and employers alike. An increasing number of job candidates are opting to work on a contract rather than take on permanent roles due to the flexibility it offers, while businesses are attracted by the same flexibility.

Contracting is a very attractive option for many workers with key skills in demand. Moving from project to project allows people to be in charge of their own career.

Businesses understand the true benefits of a flexible workforce too. It gives them a chance to quickly bring in certain skills only when they need them, whether that’s to work on a particular project, to cover annual leave or at times of peak workloads.

For a business, having contractors means they are able to budget on a project-to-project basis, giving them stronger control over their budgets since they only pay for the hours worked. Utilising the services of a contract worker also ensures that permanent staff are not distracted from their core work.

Employers be mindful

While there are many benefits to having a flexible workforce, businesses must remember that contractors may not initially be engaged with the brand and company’s values like a permanent employee is. That’s why we suggest an organisation treats them like any other employee and as part of the team. This ensures you’ll form a positive relationship, which helps to make them feel more at home in your business.

It may also be necessary to educate permanent staff about what a contractors hourly rate really means. While a contractor can earn a higher hourly rate, they often do not receive the same benefits package.

We hope you found this article helpful. For more information about contracting, speak to our dedicated team by emailing contracting.uae@hays.com. For more insights about the world of work, visit our dedicated blog page here or click on one of the links below. 

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