Contract vs Permanent hires: Finding the Best Solution for your Organisation

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In the UK job market, organisations are continually seeking ways to optimise their workforce...

In the UK job market, organisations are continually seeking ways to optimise their workforce. One of the pivotal decisions that companies face is whether to hire contract workers or permanent employees. Both options come with their own set of advantages and challenges. To determine the best fit for your organisation, it’s essential to understand the nuances of each hiring approach.

Contract Hires

Immediate Start

Many candidates are ready to start a new contract immediately, we’ve even had contractors start the same day the client asked us to find the hire!

Great for individual projects

Often companies have peaks and troughs of activity according to projects - a contractor can flex with your needs!

No costs for fringe benefits

With a contractor there are no additional costs for sick pay, holiday or pension contributions.

Paid on daily rates

You only pay for the days your contractors work

Highly skilled

In many cases, contractors have a vaster experience and skill level compared to a perm with same number of years’ experience*

*dependent on candidate

Permanent Hires

Stability and Long-Term Growth

Permanent employees provide stability and are typically more invested in the long-term success of the company. 

Employee Development and Retention

Companies can focus on employee development through training programs, career progression opportunities, and performance incentives. This investment in human capital not only enhances employee satisfaction and retention but also fosters innovation and a strong organisational culture.

Comprehensive Talent Integration

Permanent employees can be more likely to engage fully with the company’s mission and values, contributing to a cohesive team environment. 

Making the Right Choice for Your Organisation

Assessing Your Needs

The decision between contract and permanent hires should be guided by your organisation’s specific needs. For project-based work or roles requiring immediate expertise, contract hires offer the agility and specialisation needed. Conversely, for roles integral to your long-term strategy and requiring ongoing development, permanent hires are the optimal choice.

Hybrid Approach

Many organisations find success with a hybrid approach, leveraging the strengths of both contract and permanent hires. By maintaining a core team of permanent employees and supplementing with contractors for specialised or short-term projects, companies can achieve a balance of stability and flexibility. This approach allows for dynamic scaling of the workforce without compromising on quality or continuity.

Strategic Workforce Planning

Effective workforce planning involves continuous evaluation of your staffing needs in relation to your business goals. Regularly assessing the performance and impact of both contract and permanent hires will enable you to make informed decisions and adapt your hiring strategy as your organisation evolves.

Choosing between contract and permanent hires is a critical decision that impacts your organisation’s efficiency, culture, and growth. By understanding the benefits and challenges of each hiring approach, and aligning them with your strategic objectives, you can build a resilient and adaptable workforce. 

For expert guidance on tailoring your recruitment strategy, get in touch with our team We specialise in helping organisations find the perfect balance between contract and permanent hires to drive success and achieve their goals.

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