Now Trending: Temps in Professional Positions

· by Herb Dew

Herb is the CEO of HTI. He founded HTI in 1999 along with John Knight and David Sewell, and remains heavily involved in the organization today.
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Temps in professional positions will be on the rise post-COVID.

We are already beginning to see requests for temporary professionals roll in. Companies that delayed hiring for long term, full-time jobs while waiting to see the fallout from the COVID-19 crisis are seeking interim solutions. Instead of hiring the full-time professional they planned for in March, companies are looking for short-term help from professionals that might be on the bench right now. This is something that was rarely possible pre-COVID. As a result of COVID-19 and its economic impacts there are professionals available for temporary work when they typically would not be.

The use of Professional Contractors for project work will explode over the next few months.

It makes sense. The last 2-3 years have been busy. Companies have been short staffed and have struggled with recruiting, causing projects to be put on hold. Explosive growth prevented companies from working on those “back burner” projects. Often these projects are those things companies NEED to do but just don’t have time or resources for. Like an engineering time study, or a layout of a warehouse for optimization, or new financial reporting.

As companies begin to look past COVID-19, they will take advantage of this slowdown to move projects forward. And there are some very talented professionals with strong skills available to do short/medium term work on contract that are currently on the sidelines.

The advantages of temporary professionals are obvious

  1. Get work done by someone with expertise at a normal pay rate
  2. AND with an end date that allows the company to manage their full-time headcount
  3. AND if things improve while a person is doing contract work, potentially have a good look at a future hire!

Whether it’s a technical need, like engineering or logistics, or a more administrative function, like accounting, marketing or purchasing, there are a variety of temporary professionals available. Take advantage of the strong talent that is readily available for contract projects in these next few months.

Unemployment rates will slowly creep back down, so take advantage of available project talent while you can. Catch up on some of those projects you have been trying to get done without adding to your full-time headcount!