A contract employment agency is often the solution for companies that need short term skilled professionals but don't want to take on a long term employment obligation.
The contract employee often has a unique skill set that is more suitable for a short term project rather than something the company needs on an ongoing basis. Think of it as a specialized skill set that can be applied to solve a short term project need but not something that will be required for the next 10 to 15 years.
In a number of ways, these solutions are quite similar.
The differences lie in the types of people who often work contract and the obligations to those people. These differences typically include;
These are somewhat broad generalization but it gives you an idea of some of the similarities and differences.
Some examples of professionals that are commonly brought in as contract employees include;
This list is by no means comprehensive. The professions on this list generally consist of highly compensated individuals whose skills are in demand but not needed over the long term at a company.
Independent contract employees are often found through word of mouth. There are also services that can provide skilled individuals. For example, in Orange County California, one of our premium partners, Synergy Solutions includes as part of their services providing contract engineers, IT and a number of other professional skills to companies in the Southern California Region. (If you are not in the Southern California region, I'm sure they could help you out with a referral.)