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Contractors are important to software engineering

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Finding the top talent within software engineering can be a real headache. Contractors are in demand, and that demand comes because of the value that they can deliver. We know that competition for developer talent is intense, with 68 per cent of organisations facing difficulties in hiring them.

The tech talent war wages on, with hiring managers and project leads working to secure highly skilled candidates from a limited talent pool. Research has also indicated that 15 per cent of hiring managers cite losing top candidates to competing offers as a challenge. So don’t let the opportunity to secure the right interim fit pass you by.

As you look to secure the right individuals to drive a project forward, making use of the contract workforce can be a real positive. Why are they so important to software engineering? From their understanding of specialist language and expert knowledge to their ability to slot in with little hassle, we’ve put together our top five reasons why you need to consider contractors for your next project.

The ability to have flexibility

Contractors in software engineering are geared up and ready to start working on projects immediately. Moving from role to role, they have the ability to adapt to the needs and requirements of each new challenge.

When it comes to software-based projects, a fair few software engineering contracting jobs can be completed remotely, adding to the flexibility they offer.

You can put down the aspirin

Interim employees can reduce stress that is often associated with large-scale software projects. You’re guaranteed to have a qualified candidate who can hit the ground running and be ready to support the work you’re doing for a given period of time.

They don’t have access to the same holiday and employee benefits as the permanent workforce; they are focused solely on the job in hand.

Maximising insight and expertise

Hiring a contractor that has specialised skills in your area of focus can go a long way in supporting a software project. This minimises the time it takes to get a project up and running, as contractors usually need limited training to get them up to speed.

Interim workers can be used to help provide a new angle on a project that has stalled or to kickstart a new venture for an organisation. Whether you need support with Java, Python or .NET, there is a skilled specialist out there to bolster your team.

Success at short notice

Teaming up with a consultancy or recruitment agency that specialises in Software Engineers in the contract market is often useful. Having access to a talent pool of committed professionals that are ready to start work straight away is crucial for project work.

Often, client needs will shift and adapt as new information about their pipeline of work becomes available. Being able to quickly add to the team is therefore essential.

Short term employee; long term impact

Contractors in software engineering are able to imprint knowledge in a short space of time too. They will often be brought in on a contract for several months, working alongside the permanent members of your team.

Software Engineers working full-time on a project can benefit from this experience and learn how to progress and maintain a project moving forwards from an interim worker. It is the sharing of knowledge that will see your projects grow from strength to strength.

There is often a clear balance to be struck in how much of the work generated by the business is supported by contract workers. Research has shown that poor use of IT developer time has the potential to knock £76 billion from the UK’s GDP. Keeping their value in mind will see you be able to add to and enhance your project, as and when you need it.

Contractors are a vital part of the software engineering community. Through our IR35 solution, we can help you to hire the right talent to facilitate growth whilst mitigating the risk in light of changes to private sector legislation. Get in touch today.

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