Trying It on For Size

Will the era of more “project work” mean less clients interested in our services?

That’s the sinking feeling that washes over some recruiters when reviewing the latest Robert Half Technology survey, which shows that nearly three-quarters (73%) of 1,400 chief information officers interviewed said it’s beneficial to bring in prospective employees on a contract basis before hiring them for full-time roles.

CIOs were asked:

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“In the current environment, how valuable is it to have a prospective employee work on a project or contract basis as a means of evaluation for full-time employment within your IT department?”

Their responses:

  • Very valuable — 28%
  • Somewhat valuable — 45%
  • Not-at-all valuable — 25%
  • Don’t know/no answer — 2%

Companies are understandably cautious and want to avoid costly hiring mistakes — and working on a contract basis allows IT professionals to avoid resume gaps — but does anyone else question this trend for our industry?

Elaine Rigoli has nearly 15 years of experience managing content and community for various B2B and consumer websites. Elaine has written thousands of business and technology articles and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and eWeek, among other publications.


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