Tuesday, Mar 15 2016

In Tech, Contingent and Permanent Workers Can Co-Exist

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in tech contingent and permanent workers can coexist

Hiring full-time workers is a serious business for many organizations. Candidates are thoroughly vetted, with multiple layers of screening interviews, proficiency tests, and background checks to verify their qualifications. Because temporary workers were, well, temporary, the hiring process for contingent staff tended to be less formal and less extensive.

That's no longer the case. Contingent workers, particularly in IT, often bring a high level of skill and a specialized service to their temporary employer. The need for ROI in hiring decisions is driving organizations to a blended staffing model that incorporates both permanent and contingent workers, often working right next to each other. Technology has enabled the development of tools like video interviewing that make screening contingent staff easy and effective.

The services offered by today's staffing agencies, like The Armada Group, help companies apply the same thorough hiring and onboarding process to their contingent team without adding expense. Companies that work with Armada Group can use the following methods when hiring:

Direct placement, leading to a permanent hire who is an employee of the company

Contract staffing, bringing in contingent workers for a project or other short-term basis

• Contract-to-hire, allowing a company to convert a contract worker to a permanent hire after a trial period

Armada Group applies the same high standards in screening and evaluating employees for both contract and permanent positions. Because the laws that govern managing permanent and contract employees differ, it's necessary for HR systems to recognize and support the difference between the two types of employees. Armada's payroll services enable Armada to be the official employer of contract staff, reducing the risk that a business will be accused of misclassifying employees as contingent staff.

In some organizations, the hardest part of switching to a blended hiring model is coordinating the activity of two separate divisions of HR. With the support of a staffing agency, both teams of HR professionals can hire the workers needed to achieve business success. A unified screening, hiring, and onboarding process ensures that no matter which employment type is chosen, the workers have the qualifications needed to do the job.