The modern workforce is continuing to move away from traditional employment and towards an independent contracting model. As this trend continues, your company is likely to tap into this valuable talent resource soon—if it hasn’t already. The independent workforce provides a flexible way to secure high-level expertise on an as-needed basis.
Outsourcing talent on a project basis not only enables companies to engage a population of motivated self-starters who have a high level of specialization within their industry, but it also provides staffing flexibility and lowers employment costs. By 2021, roughly half of the private workforce is forecast to have spent time as an independent worker at some point in their lives.
It is important to understand, however, that engaging and managing independent contractors involves different rules and procedures than hiring full-time employees. Outsourcing administrative tasks can help your company maintain compliant hiring practices, increase efficiency, and save time and money. Here are five benefits your organization can gain from outsourcing.
1. Streamline the Process of Vetting Talent
Misclassifying employees as independent contractors is one of the biggest risks of independent contractor engagement. There are a number of federal government, state government, and agency tests that determine worker classification, but these tests can be contradictory and complicated.
Outsourcing vetting can make this part of the hiring process much more manageable. Firms like MBO Partners have an established methodology for evaluating and engaging independent workers that can minimize misclassification risk.
2. Offer Flexible Independent Contractor Engagement Options
All independent professionals are unique. The people you want to engage will come from different backgrounds and have varying levels of experience with working independently. Some may be very clearly self-employable, and others may not be. Working with a vendor that provides flexible engagement options can help ensure your company is able to offer an optimal solution for everyone. MBO, for example, provides multiple engagement solutions that are designed to meet the different needs and requirements of independent contractors.
3. Get Talent to Work Faster
Outsourcing the vetting process and providing flexible engagement options helps reduce time-to-fill, which can save your HR department valuable time. In conjunction with outsourcing these activities, a private talent community can help keep time-to-fill to a minimum and increase the likelihood of re-engagement with independent talent you’ve successfully worked with in the past.
An online marketplace such as MBO’s, allows organizations to engage skilled independent contractors for consulting jobs with their company. Using a marketplace can help your company build a network of known and vetted independent talent, pair qualified talent with available opportunities, and foster ongoing engagement by providing projects to this community.
4. Standardize How You Pay Independent Contractors
Standardizing payment for your independent workforce can help save your business time and money. Software services allow for automated payment, which is convenient both for your company and for the contractors you work with. Most software uses an Automated Clearing House (ACH) system to move money from your company’s bank account to your independent contractor’s bank account. Depending on the service you use, there may be an associated monthly fee.
Look for a vendor that can create an automated way to pay your independent workforce and provide useful perks such as access to historical data, payment timelines, and customized invoice options.
5. Save Costs by Reducing Overall Spend
Today’s market for talent is increasingly competitive, and that means rising costs for benefits packages and other incentives that accompany traditional employment. One of the many advantages of engaging independent professionals is a reduction in overall spend and administrative costs.
By outsourcing various steps of your engagement program, you can minimize compliance risk, decrease the amount of time hiring managers spend on recruiting activities, and save money by directly re-engaging talent.
To learn more about how MBO Partners can help with administrative tasks for your independent workforce, contact us today.