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Never hired a contractor/freelance before?

Many of our clients regularly employ temporary or contract staff, or flexible workers, whether that’s on an ongoing basis or for special projects and workloads. This flexible and on-demand portion of a workforce helps organisations more effectively budget for projects, overcome workload spikes and, crucially, keep permanent employees focused on their core duties.

These are just some of the many factors behind the increasing utilisation of flexible workers – and they’re not just for the big end of town.
So, if you’ve never employed a flexible worker before, here’s a few tips from us.


1. Determine your need

Start by determining which specific skills, capabilities and experience you require and how long you expect to need someone.

While the length of the assignment is flexible and you can for example quickly ask them to stay longer, an indication of the length of the assignment will help all parties plan effectively.

2. Decide on what support you need in finding the right person

A recruiting expert will of course allow you to access suitable candidates who meet your specific needs. Our flexible candidates are tried and tested and fully referenced. When required we also undertake any necessary pre-employment medicals and checks.

3. Consider legislative matters

You must also consider legislative matters when hiring flexible staff. This is another situation in which engaging with a recruiting expert can really help; you’ll pay only for the hours worked, with all on costs taken care of. We also take on all legislative matters, including superannuation, payroll tax and workers compensation liabilities.

4. Prepare to welcome your new starter

It may sound obvious, but make sure you allocate an appropriate workspace, provide the necessary logins, resources, contacts and equipment, and give a short induction so they can get to work and add value as quickly as possible.

5. Set expectations from the outset

It’s also important to make clear your expectations regarding the quantity and quality of work required. This ensures both you and your new flexible colleague understand exactly what must be delivered and are on the same page.

6. Be flexible

Finally, while most temporary assignments have a finish date, this can be extended if required. In some cases, an employer may also offer a permanent role. Flexibility is, of course, the key.