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Embrace Contract Labor

By Acara Account Executive Jason Hatch

As our world progresses toward the light at the end of the tunnel, business will slowly return to a new state of normal. While terms like “social distancing” and “flattening the curve” have quickly become standard in our everyday vocabularies, allow me to introduce another buzzword that will soon turn mainstream: contract labor.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, companies have embraced the idea of hiring contract and contract-to-hire employees to assist in the operation of their business. Although organizations may be seeking an influx of talent to support their immediate needs, many will be hesitant to hire full-time workers in a period of uncertainty. This is why contractors present the perfect solution.

Not only do contract laborers offer significant cost savings for companies in the long haul, but they also provide greater staffing flexibility for any organization. By using contractors, businesses can avoid paying for employee benefits, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation. Saving money on these payments can slash payroll costs by up to 30 percent. Organizations can seize significant financial savings by simply paying a fixed bill rate to account for the contractor. Yes, it’s that easy!

Workplace demand has proven tricky to predict in the long-term. While talent may need to be added right away, there is no guarantee that these workers will be required indefinitely. Contract workers allow an organization to quickly hire an employee to complete one specific assignment, knowing that the individual will depart when the job is completed. Not only does this allow a candidate to collect a source of income by bringing their expertise to the table, but it allows companies the opportunity to assess the contractor. If the individual possesses a strong body of work and aligns with the organization’s culture, he/she may be able to earn more contract assignments or even secure a permanent position. Talk about a win-win!

Agencies like Acara Solutions are equipped with expert recruiting tactics to expedite a company’s interview and hiring process. Programs like our Ready to Roll employer of record service utilizes contract workers who just completed an assignment or were recently furloughed or laid off and puts them back to work. In bypassing background checks and drug screenings, organizations can quickly and effortlessly onboard contractors to assist with their immediate needs in as little as 24 hours.

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of contract labor and how contractors could support your company, I would encourage you to give us a call. At Acara, we can work within your budget and provide competitive pay rates to help your business remain viable in challenging times. Working as an extension of your organization, our team of dedicated recruitment professionals will help you to meet your unique talent needs and find best-fit employees.

Times are changing. Whether you are a company or a candidate, it’s time to embrace contract labor.

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