25 May 2020

Utilising contractors: 9 reasons why

Recruitment Advice

We are all living in a time of unease and uncertainty. Normality seems a long way away. Yet, change isn’t always a bad thing. Especially when it comes to switching to contractors…

Businesses are under an immense amount of strain. This is a critical time. Your business may need to look at using flexible resources such as contractors. Here are nine reasons to tap into the contractor talent pool:

1) Agile hiring and onboarding 

Using flexible resources is a great solution. Interviews are skills-based and can be done quickly and remotely. The on-boarding process is quick as no full inductions are needed, and most contractors are used to integrating quickly.

2) Self-sufficient and productive 

Contractors by nature are self-sufficient. They are outcome and objective-focused and geared toward working remotely. 

3) Working with a trusted contractor partner

For a smooth and convenient process team up with a respected contractor recruitment agency. Your dedicated consultant will work with you to get a clear understanding of your business. That person remains your point of contact for the duration and becomes as much a part of your hiring team as your in-house recruiters.

4) The risk is mitigated for you, by us

This is an important point: compliance. The ramifications of getting the hiring process wrong are huge and costly. And there are too many potential areas of risk. So, it’s not surprising that this alone can dissuade businesses.  

We understand the headaches of hiring contractors. IR35, tax regulations, producing contractor terms, Right to Work, what sort of insurance is needed; it truly is a minefield.

As your agency, we will undertake those elements. This includes the vetting of third parties in the supply chain, and providing clear guidance where necessary.

5) Get access to niche-skilled talent quickly 

The nature of contracting is typically short term and specialised. This means there are pools of contractors ready and able to work. So, despite what the news will have you believe, those skills available, just on a short-term basis. You’re missing out!

6) Talent delivered to you, fast

Post introductory-processes, you’ll have contractors on site significantly quicker than you would a permanent hire.

At ARM, clients call with a requirement, there’s a telephone interview, and the contractor could start the next day. Our consultants produce the contracts, handle the referencing, onboarding, any limited company documentation and all aspects of compliance. We leave you to get your project work delivered even faster.

7) We’ve got the payroll covered 

Contractors are typically paid on a weekly basis. Many clients operate their own timesheet system which integrates with the agency’s payment system, meaning that other than authorisation, you can be confident that the contractor will be paid without additional intervention. Companies that don’t have a timesheet system can use ARM’s eTimesheet platform, ETZ. Any queries or changes can be made directly between the contractor and our team, so you don’t need to worry. 

8) We’ll manage contractors on your behalf 

Contractors temporarily swell the headcount and it can appear that an already overburdened manager suddenly has a few more people to look after. However, these skilled individuals are contracted within our agency, which means we manage them for you..

Our Contract Support Team check how contractors are getting on, escalating any issues to the appropriate consultant. So your managers won’t need to assume any additional responsibilities past introducing them to the team, etc.

9) Contractors aren’t as costly as you might think

A common barrier against taking on contractors is cost. Yet consider the extras for permanent staff. Then there are also the internal costs incurred due to various equipment, HR and admin, training, induction, rewards and bonuses. 

We can help you to harness the power of contractors to continue delivering projects in this unstable business landscape. 

Talk to us about your contractor requirements today

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