Dan, the IT Recruitment
Consultant comes from an extensive recruitment back filling these
very roles, read all about the benefits and misconceptions of
developer and designer contractors. We've taken an interesting
outlook on contractor recruitment which includes Squirrels and
The IT recruitment market is in an interesting place at the
moment, particularly for developers and those looking to hire them.
It's like having an abundance of acorns and not having enough
squirrels to eat them. Oh, and the very few squirrels that are
around don't like acorns and want lobster instead.
Let's put this into context.
We're all aware there's a skills
shortage in the UK currently. This is very evident if you're
trying to hire a good, front-end developer on a permanent basis.
You've searched every job board. You've approached every
recruitment agency. After looking everywhere bar the gaps in your
sofa, you've probably realised that that little squirrel is a
rarity and that they most likely aren't interested in a permanent
position for £30k when they can earn £300 per day in the contract
world. Offering a good contract developer a 30k position is like
offering one of those lobster-loving squirrels an acorn. In fact,
it's like offering them a really hard, flaky, muddy acorn.
We know what you're thinking.
'But £300 per day is well over my budget.'
'I want someone who will buy into my company's ethos.'
'I can't have a staff member on £300 a day sat next to the rest
of my staff on far less.'
'Squirrels like lobster?'
We understand your concerns and they are more than valid, but
we're here to try to convince you that hiring contractors is the
right move for your business in the IT developer space. At least
for the moment. So what are the benefits?
Contractors are expendable (not in a bump-them-off kind of way),
and you only need hire them when you have a requirement for that
particular skill set. Therefore, when your Magento project is done,
you don't have a permanent developer sat twiddling his thumbs for
the next month whilst your programme team pull their socks up.
Contractors tend to have dealt with more variables during their
career having worked on so many short term projects. This means
they're able to adapt quickly to any challenges that crop up.
They're also often entrepreneurial having taken the almighty leap
into self-employment, so will bring a creative mind-set to you
workplace which may also rub off on your current employees.
receive a high income and will regularly work extra hours during
business critical times or to brainstorm solutions for software bug
fixes. They're also excellent at working to timeframes.
- As an
employer, you don't have the same red tape and commitments that you
do when hiring a perm staff member. Contractors, particularly those
with their own limited company, are pretty self-sufficient, handle
all their own taxes and only get paid for time worked, not time off
reputation is everything. One bad reference from a past hiring
manager can be the difference between getting a new contract and
being out of work for 6 months. Therefore, they ensure they keep
up-to-date with the latest technologies so that their work reflects
well on them and they remain employable. They're like artists, only
less flamboyant and with baggier pants.
Ultimately, we all want a permanent workforce that can grow with
our business. But while we all wait for that utopian dream, many
people overlook the many advantages of contract hires. High day
rates put employers off, but they often fail to consider how much a
vacancy that remains open for a year costs their business. A good
contractor will offer you a great work rate, flexibility, autonomy
and an entrepreneurial insight. What's not to love?