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The energy sector experiences significant “boom and bust” cycles, which significantly impact hiring. Staffing strategies for oil and gas companies often differ greatly from those created in other industries due to the consistent swings in this cycle.

To help buffer your organization through the industry’s inevitable cycles, consider making contract employees a key part of your strategic staffing. Here’s why.

Contract employees offer specialized skills.

When many managers think “contract workers,” they think of entry-level labor for rush periods – like the staff in the gift-wrapping department of the local mall during the holidays.

While seasonal labor typically does fall under the contract category, contract staff aren’t limited to entry-level workers. Many seasoned professionals prefer to work on a contract basis because they like the constant flow of new projects and challenges.

If your company is facing a large one-time project, talk to your recruiter about working with contract staff who possess the technical skill to do the job well.

Contract staff can help you control staffing costs.

Hiring long-term staff can be expensive, whether they’re full time or part time. When you hire contract workers, however, many of these costs are borne by your staffing provider. As the employer of record, your staffing firm handles tasks like required state and federal employee paperwork, as well as other potential costs.

If you’re uncertain whether contract employees can help you manage cost or how working with contract staff will impact your overall staffing budget, talk to your recruiter.

Expand your professional network with contract staff.

Many contract employees enjoy short-term work because it gives them a chance to connect with a wider range of professionals and companies than they would see as a long-term employee. Likewise, energy companies who work with contract labor can see how many different professionals work in the field and “mesh” with their long-standing teams. Hiring managers can choose whether to extend a long-term job offer to a particularly well-performing contract team member.

At FootBridge Energy Services, our recruiters specialize in finding the contract talent our clients need, so you’ll always have experienced professionals ready to step in to any project. Contact us today to learn more.

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