Freelancers, consultants and contractual employees play a vital role in complementing a company’s permanent workforce.
This was a statement issued by the Professional Contractors Group (PCG) in light of a 2005 survey published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. The survey discovered that a large majority of employers are experiencing difficulties in recruiting people with the kind of special skills their companies need. Another recruitment difficulty is the lack of qualified experience of some prospective hirees.
The PCG said freelancers can complement the permanent workforce as they can offer the kind of flexibility, value for money, and cost-effectiveness that cannot be matched by full-time workers. They are also a boon to companies who want to lower employment costs.
Companies who want to hire people with specialist skills can also look to consultancy and freelancing as a great opportunity to hire the people that they need. This is because most specialist workers prefer to work on these types of work arrangements. Another benefit that companies can get from hiring specialist consultants and freelancers is the knowledge transfer and best practice skills the permanent staff can learn. In the end, companies bring in more benefits to the work environment.
This trend in hiring consultants with unique skills for particular business functions has resulted in the creation of companies that offer specialised services. Company formation professionals that can help entrepreneurs in the process of setting-up their companies are gaining in popularity. Business solutions experts are also becoming more in demand as they can assume certain vital business functions at a fraction of the cost.