Why More Employers Are Hiring Contract and Temporary Employees in 2018

February 07, 2018

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Over the last few years, the number of employers looking to hire contract and temporary employees has risen drastically. In fact, nearly 85 percent of companies plan to add contract workers to their workforces and nearly 30 percent have already done so.

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So, why are employers making this shift in Canada towards hiring more contract and temporary workers? Here are just some of the benefits employers enjoy by hiring these flexible employees.

Make up for the Ebbs and Flows

Most organizations will see ebbs and flows in production. For most retail companies, their busy season comes around the winter holidays, when shopping is at an all-time high and it becomes increasingly harder to keep up with demand.

In previous years, it was simply expected for current employees to pick up the slack, but this has led to an overworked team and reduced morale. So, what is the simplest and most practical solution for an employer? Temporary employees.

Temporary workers can support your team on a short-term, long-term, or seasonal basis, making it an easy solution to ensure optimal productivity when it’s needed most. You won’t have to deal with the sticky situation of letting go a full-time employee during your slow seasons and you can still meet demand during your busy seasons.

Take a Test Drive

It’s happened to every employer: You go through a lengthy hiring process, train a promising new employee, only to realize they aren’t going to work out long term in your company after all. You’re left in the negative after training costs and have to start the hiring process all over again.

More employers are choosing to hire contract and temporary employees because it allows them to try before they buy. If it turns out a temp employee is the perfect match for your organization, the option is always open for you to offer full-time, permanent employment.

This reduces the risk of poor hiring decisions and turnover.

Save Costs on Specialized Skills

Sometimes, special projects come up. It can be difficult to complete them if you don’t have the right skills in-house. It often doesn’t make sense to hire a new permanent employee with these skills; it can be costly and impractical to do so when the project is short term.

Instead, employers are turning to contract workers to complete projects on time and correctly—with the right kind of skills and experience. These contract workers can complete specialized jobs at a cost-effective rate and simultaneously support permanent employees in their roles as well.

Forego a Lengthy Hiring Process

The hiring process can be time consuming and tedious. From developing the perfect job description and sorting through resumes to arranging interviews—the entire hiring process can take months. It may also require more resources than you can afford.

More and more employers are turning to contract and temporary employees in 2018 because it eliminates many stages of the hiring process.

Since you’ll be working with a recruitment firm, you won’t have to do any of the time-consuming legwork. With the expertise of a recruiter, the hiring process is expedited and you’ll be matched with an experienced professional who fits your company’s culture and has the skills you need.  


Nicola Malcolm

Nicola Malcolm

Nicola has over 20 years of staffing industry experience with global, international, and Canadian firms. She has a broad knowledge base from having worked at a temporary recruitment desk, as an on-site manager in a global warehouse and manufacturing company, and in marketing, IT and operations. In addition, Nicola managed a portfolio of MSP/VMS accounts for a global MSP, and currently manages the staffing supply of 10+ Canadian MSP/VMS programs. In her spare time, Nicola uses her recruiting background to help her family, friends, and personal network find meaningful work opportunities. She also enjoys applying her operational skills to plan family trips abroad as often as possible.

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