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Recruitment Guide for Hiring Managers - Understanding the Different Types of Hires

16 May 2024 |

By Sophia Voce

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You’ve identified a gap in your team. It could be that someone has just handed in their notice, or will shortly be going on maternity leave. Perhaps you are looking at recruiting additional support for an expanding team.

Whatever the scenario, navigating the various types of employment arrangements available can greatly impact your recruitment strategy and the overall success of your team. From permanent positions to temporary roles and everything in between, each hiring option serves specific needs and offers unique benefits.

At VWA, we specialise in assisting hiring managers like you in navigating the complexities of recruitment, whether it's for permanent positions, temporary roles, temp-to-perm placements, or contract hires. Our comprehensive services encompass tailored recruitment solutions designed to meet the unique needs of your organisation, ensuring successful placements and long-term workforce satisfaction.

In this guide we’ve taken some time to delve into the nuances of different hiring arrangements and explore how they can benefit your hiring strategy.

Permanent Hires

Permanent hires, also known as full-time employees, are engaged on a long-term basis with the organisation. They typically receive benefits such as paid leave, health insurance, and retirement plans. Permanent roles offer stability and continuity to both the employee and the employer, fostering a sense of commitment and investment in the company's goals. Permanent hires are ideal for core positions that require ongoing support and expertise within the organisation.

Temporary Hires

Temporary hires are employed for a fixed duration to fulfil specific short-term needs, such as covering seasonal peaks, project-based work, or maternity cover. This type of hire provides flexibility to adapt quickly to fluctuating workloads without the long-term commitment associated with permanent roles. Temporary hires are cost-effective and allow organisations to access specialised skills for short-term projects.

Temp-to-Perm Hires (Temporary-to-Permanent)

Temp-to-perm hires begin as temporary employees with the opportunity to transition into permanent roles based on performance and mutual satisfaction. This arrangement allows employers to assess a candidate's fit within the organisation before making a long-term commitment. Temp-to-perm hires provide flexibility in recruitment, allowing both parties to evaluate compatibility before committing to permanent employment.

Contract Hires

Contract hires are engaged for a specific period or project, often with defined deliverables and timelines. Contracts may vary in duration, from a few months to several years, depending on project requirements. Contract roles are commonly used for specialised or niche skills not available internally, such as IT projects, consultancy, or interim leadership roles. Contract candidates can expect some, though not necessarily all, company benefits. It’s worth also noting that contract hires are the standard way companies cover maternity leave.

Key Considerations for Hiring Managers:

When selecting the appropriate type of hire for your staffing needs, you should consider the following factors:

Business Needs: Evaluate the nature and duration of the work required to determine the most suitable type of hire.

Budget and Cost: Consider the financial implications of each hiring option, including salary, benefits, and recruitment costs.

Skill Requirements: Match the skills and experience needed for the role with the availability and flexibility of potential hires.

Workload Forecast: Anticipate fluctuations in workload and staffing requirements to optimise workforce planning.

Legal and Compliance: Ensure compliance with employment laws and regulations governing each type of hire.

By understanding and leveraging the different types of hires available, hiring managers can build agile and adaptable teams that meet the evolving needs of their organisations. Each hiring arrangement offers distinct advantages and challenges, empowering employers to make informed decisions that support business objectives and foster a dynamic workforce.

Working with VWA

Over the last 35 years, VWA has successfully placed thousands of candidates in all role types across a wide variety of sectors. If you are in need of a recruitment solution but feel unclear on the type of hire you need, that’s ok! Our experienced team of Consultants are here to listen, learn and advise. Our highly bespoke recruitment service is centred on understanding our clients’ needs and expectations.

It’s never too early to start the conversation, so why not get in touch today and together we can identify the best recruitment solution for your business.

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