Contract Employment Agency

The Short Term Skilled Employment Solution

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. 

Contract vs. Temp

In a number of ways, these solutions are quite similar.

  • Both are used to accomplish short term projects
  • Both contain aspects of co-employment
  • Both allow business to accomplish tasks without commitments to long term employment.

The differences lie in the types of people who often work contract and the obligations to those people. These differences typically include;

  • Contract employees are often skilled professionals vs. temp employees are often more blue collar
  • Commitments to contract employees often include length of assignment whereas temp employees often do not have any such provision.
  • Contract employees are sometimes self-employed working for their own corporation whereas this is rare for temp employees.

These are somewhat broad generalization but it gives you an idea of some of the similarities and differences.

Examples of Contract Skills

Some examples of professionals that are commonly brought in as contract employees include;

  • Engineers and IT professionals
  • Financial Analysts
  • Scientists
  • Auditors like SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley) auditors
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Human Resources Consultants
  • Designers and Manufacturing Consultants
  • Project Managers
  • Trainers
  • and more...

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.

Where to Find a Contract Employment Agency?

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.)

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