Why choose contract recruitment

Contract employment is very common nowadays, however, some companies are still unsure or unaware of the countless benefits to this type of recruitment. Contract recruitment is a great option for temporary and flexible staffing needs, which given today’s circumstances may be the perfect solution. Our recent article highlighted some of the most in demand roles within life sciences, so we sat down with Nathan Puxty, Senior Principal Recruitment consultant in our London team, and discussed why employers should choose contract recruitment.

What is Contract Recruitment?

Contracts are typically signed with independent workers and last a defined period of time. After the end of the set period, the employer has no further obligations and vice versa. It can be very useful in terms of handling periods of intense work volume or key projects that are only expected to last for a specific time period. Which for some companies within life sciences, is a great option to have in the current climate.

Contractors within life sciences have a wealth of experience and knowledge behind them, working across various drugs, medical devices and companies, and as a result of the change in demand of the pharma and medical device markets there is now a large pool of contractors to choose from. Contract recruitment is also ideal for positions that would be difficult to fill permanently.

Contract vs. Permanent Recruitment

Contract staffing is generally viewed as a more flexible approach, which is suitable for organisations solving workforce shortages, working on projects, or replacing key employees for short time periods. It’s less risky for the employer and allows contractors to earn more, have variety of work and switch between employers. 

On the other hand, permanent employees are entitled to unique benefits, such as a salary, holidays, pension support and termination pay, which are not available for contract work. Permanent employment is preferred where there is a need to build a strong team identity or handle sensitive information.

How Does Contract Recruitment Work?

Contract recruitment involves several different steps. The company must first recognise its own needs and decide the positions or projects for which it wants to hire contract workers. The next step would be to hire a professional recruitment agency like Real Staffing to help with the hiring process, vetting, and recommending the best candidates. Once placed we make sure to keep in touch with both you and the contractor on a regular basis to make sure everything is going according to plan.

Benefits of Using a Contract Recruiter

While employers are free to search for contract workers on their own, working with an experienced recruiter often gives the best results as they know who would be the best for your project scope. We have a large and high quality database of contractors that can be tapped into for clients requiring specific skills. Equally, if you have worked with contractors before through us there is a good chance if you start your search again we can find you the same person.

For a contract recruitment process to run smoothly, it’s necessary to have the infrastructure and resources to review and sort out a large number of candidates quickly. This is something that corporate HR departments sometimes struggle with, and so it’s easier to use an agency, like us. We have a dedicated placement support team to ensure contractors are supported throughout their projects. With an early candidate payment service offering competitive contractor payment terms, a timesheet portal and a dedicated compliance function for our specialised sectors to carry out contractor compliance prior to contractors starting their placement, we are well equipped to help you.

How does contract recruitment work if you have unique needs?  

While some agencies might struggle with this, we already have a large pool of professionals with specific pharma and medical device skills and experience, to meet the needs of the life science industry. That’s why picking the right contract agency is so important. 

About us

We've worked in the medical device, digital health and, pharma and biotech recruitment markets for over 20 years and have a wealth of experience, that's why we take the time to understand everybody's needs - not just the clients, but contractors too. Below are some of the benefits of working with us.

  • Global mobility- Why should you limit your search to local candidates when there are numerous international options at your disposal? With us, your search for the most suitable contractors and employees can be conducted by our teams across the world, just let us know where you want to start searching.
  • Time Sensitive- Even if you’ve got a short timeframe, our experience and network of contractor’s means we’ll be able to help – whether you’re looking for one person or a team of specialists. All you have to do is tell us the specific requirements of your project.
  • Backend- We’ll even take care of the admin too. We’ll look after the back office support for contractors, including online timesheets, payroll services, and legal and insurance support. So you’ll get the contractors you need, when you need them, without any hassle.

So if you’re looking to hire a contractor or a team of contractors, contact us to tell us your specific requirements and we’ll be in touch to let you know how we can help.

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