With the market as hot as it is, we need to talk about contractors. Most banks don’t think about using contractors for those urgent or critical roles. It is not at the forefront of the minds of hiring managers and HR professionals like it is in other industries, such as Healthcare. Hospitals and healthcare providers are continuously using contractors to fill their most critical positions. However, in this tight market, more and more banks are utilizing contract workers.
In fact, I placed two contract positions last week for two different banks. If you think banking institutions aren’t interested in contract workers, you are definitely mistaken. So, when can or should you use a contractor for a role?
Critical Job Vacancies
For any role that’s vacant and is vital to your organization. For example, the operations side of the bank is an area that makes perfect sense to utilize a contractor. A recent study claims that over one-third of workers are considering quitting their jobs to take advantage of today’s market and find a new job opportunity. So, hiring a contract worker is ideal when you lose that critical person on your team, and you need someone to fill in immediately. Plus, it will help ensure you don’t burn out your other staff that is going to have to fill in for them until you find the person to replace the loss.
My team and I can fill those contract roles incredibly fast. I just filled a Mortgage Closer/Funder role for a bank in less than 24 hours. They lost a critical member of their team and needed someone that could handle those closings within a day of starting. We were able to get this bank a great professional contractor to fill in until they can find the right person. And if the contractor continues to do a fantastic job, they may get converted into a permanent employee.
Leave of Absences or Vacation
Another great reason is for Leave of Absences (LOAs) or extended vacations. With the laws changing with LOAs to offer more freedom for new parents, banks are in a pinch as they let their employee take the time they need with their new child. Or when someone needs to take an extended vacation but has essential tasks that still need to be done while they are gone. This is a natural place for a contractor.
You may not be looking to replace all of what that person does daily, but the bulk of what they do. You need to prioritize what that person does, and which tasks/responsibilities are essential to the organization. After you determine that, your team now knows what to look for in a contractor.
To put this in perspective, one of my top clients called me last week needing a senior accountant. One of their accountants is going on an extended leave, and they need a contractor to fill their place temporarily. We discussed the most critical responsibilities they required the contractor to be able to handle. We received this job order on a Tuesday, and we had a great accounting contractor in the next afternoon. She covered the must-haves and had some additional skills that will help cover the role of the employee on leave.
Hiring for a project
A common need for a contract employee is for project work. We do a ton of this in many areas of banking, including IT, Risk/Quant, HR, and BSA/Compliance. Our team has placed many people in these areas. When your project needs a subject matter expert or a regulatory requirement change, this is where we can help you get contractors in place. You will save money on the contract, and you don’t have to figure out how to utilize that person after the project if you decide not to bring them on in a perm capacity.
Plus, we handle everything for you; they just show up, work on their assignment, and move on to the next project. Many of our clients see the value of contract workers and consistently utilize Johnson Search Group to fulfill their temporary hiring needs. In fact, we just filled a role for a massive technology conversion with one of our banking clients. The contractor we placed with them has helped multiple banks convert to this new technology and knew the hurdles, pain points, and shortcuts to help make their project go smoothly.
Work with us to find your next contractor
So, when your next perm employee quits without notice, think about calling us to fill the role on a contract/temporary basis. Or, if one of your employees goes on an LOA, think about utilizing a contractor to perform the critical aspects of their job. Johnson Search Group’s banking team can get the bulk of the workload off your other employees’ shoulders, so you don’t lose them too due to work overload. If your organization needs someone now, give us a call and let us help you find your next contractor.