Employer attitudes towards contract workers has changed dramatically over the past years in Ireland. Traditionally, contractors were utilised for projects, long term sickness and maternity cover or to bypass headcount restrictions, but as the quality of professionals in the market improves, employers are seeing the value that contractors can bring to their businesses. With Ireland reaching full employment and companies competing for talent, many employers are turning to contract options as a solution to ease their increasing workloads and skills shortages.
Sarah Owen, Director of Walters People Ireland said:
“We have seen companies shift towards contract hiring as a solution to overcome the candidate shortage in Ireland. There has been an increase in the amount of contracts with a view to go permanent as employers and employees both see it as an opportunity to determine if it is a good fit.”