Take the silliness out of this season using contractors

By Scott Logan

Published on 21-11-2019

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The holiday period doesn’t need to be that silly, with the addition of contractors to the team to tide the office over through the festive season.

As the year comes to a frighteningly fast end and the holiday mood sets in, offices are preparing for the Christmas period and what is often a slow start to the year. However, with the influx of employees taking leave at the same time, workplaces can be on the front foot with a plan to ensure projects continue, clients are looked after, and your team continues to operate.

Hiring contractors before Christmas can help ensure an easy transition when the full-time contingent return in the new year, so they can launch straight into the year rather than playing catch-up. The benefits of bringing contractors on during this time outweigh any of the financial constraints that may be holding you back from considering contractors this Christmas period.

Flexibility for you

Contractors give your staff more flexibility when taking leave over this time period. From starting projects to launch you into the new year, to continuing on with tasks, it means that your office doesn’t have to stop just because you are.


Contractors are only paid the hours they’re working, so you’ll be able to save money on the public holidays. Because of the nature of contracting, they are also able to start work immediately without the need for training or onboarding. Also, with staff going on leave, you might have a half team until the end of January. Contractors can pick up general tasks and workloads across resources to save from the inevitable avalanche of work that they could be returning to.

A jump-start

Many offices will shut down completely over the silly season, putting all work to a standstill. With the addition of contractors to make up skeleton staff, the cogs of the business can continue to turn and give the full-time team a head start upon their return.

Specialised talent

Contractors are beneficial to companies as they are specialised talent. If you have an ad-hoc project, many contractors have years of specialised experience meaning you are able to have people hit the ground running and cut out any training time that may be required for full-time employees.

Temporary solution

If you’re considering a specialist permanent role at the moment, the talent pool is a little more shallow than usual with potential job seekers postponing their search until the new year. With this in mind, contractors are an ideal way to see you through until a more extensive talent pool becomes available. However, there will be contractors finishing contracts in the lead up to the Christmas period who will consider a three-month contract to keep themselves busy and help make ends meet prior to launching into a permanent search.

At Six Degrees Executive, our contracting team have worked extensively with contractors for years, and have a rich and diverse talent pool ready to start work immediately. We work closely with our contract workers to ensure that they are immediately ready to support your permanent team.

Don’t wait until the busyness of Christmas kicks in, give one of our contracting consultants a call today to ensure your organisation can continue to function at full capacity.