You’ve probably heard of contract staffing as a service offered by recruitment agencies. But how exactly does it work? And what advantages can it bring to employers and job-seekers alike?

What is contract staffing?

Contract staffing is the process of hiring a worker on a short-term basis rather than recruiting a permanent employee. With flexible working on the rise and market demands shifting faster than ever, contract staffing is a preferred option for many employees and employers alike.

The contract lasts for a defined length of time, after which the independent contractor and the company generally don’t have any further obligations to each other. The contract period might be chosen to cover a specific short-term project, busy season, or period of leave taken by a key employee, and it can be based around either full-time or part-time work.  

What are the benefits of contract staffing?

For both employers and employees, contract staffing is seen as offering more flexibility. Independent workers are not tied to a particular job or company, which can bring certain lifestyle advantages. In turn, employers can adapt their staffing to meet demand, which is often a more cost-effective approach. 

For employers, one advantage is that recruiting an independent contractor is usually a much faster way to fill a gap in their staff compared to finding a permanent hire. Using a contract staffing service also means that companies don’t need to worry about the time-consuming aspects of hiring new personnel – the contract staffing agency can handle the process of finding, vetting, and recommending the best candidates, as well as taking care of payroll and onboarding, if desired.

Contract workers should keep in mind that they are not always entitled to the same benefits as permanent employees. Temporary employees on a staffing contract might not be eligible for development opportunities, paid holidays, or termination pay. For many people, however, these downsides are outweighed by the benefits of being independent, which can offer a better work–life balance as well as the freedom to pursue different opportunities.

On the other hand, contract work can sometimes lead to long-term opportunities. This is known as contract-to-hire: if the contract worker and the company are both in favor, a permanent job offer might follow a successful contract period. This allows both parties to gain an insight into the relationship before committing to anything for the long term.

Contract staffing with Brunel

As a global professional recruitment and workforce services agency, Brunel has over 45 years of experience matching the right talent to the right temporary contract. We provide:


  • The connections and the industry knowledge to fill your staffing needs quickly
  • A global network of talented workers in Renewable Energy, Life Sciences, Oil & Gas, Mining, Future Mobility and Infrastructure, so we can find the perfect candidate
  • Close collaboration to understand your priorities, the nature of the position to be filled, and the specialist skills required
  • End-to-end management of the entire contract recruitment process, making your life easier and giving you peace of mind


This is what we do best – leaving you free to focus on what you do best. Contact us today to find out more about how Brunel can help meet your contract staffing needs and learn about our all of our global workforce services, ranging from global mobility and logistical/technical services to permanent recruitment and training. 


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