Take the silliness out of the Christmas season using contractors

Christmas tree in office in front of employees

​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, businesses 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 teams remain fully staffed and productive. 

Keep your business delivering and growing

To navigate this challenging time, it's wise to start considering solutions such as leave cover, project support, or backfill for vacant roles. Contracting can be an excellent solution in this regard, as it allows you to pay only for the hours worked and offers the flexibility to scale your workforce up or down as needed, especially with the multitude of public holidays on the horizon.

This approach can help your business effectively manage staffing needs during the holiday season while avoiding the complexities associated with permanent hires in the short term. It also helps ensuring an easier transition when the full-time contingent return in the new year.

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 work which gives you full flexibility during a very disruptive time with several public holidays . Because of the nature of contracting, they are also able to start work immediately and typically can get up to speed quickly. With so many people 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 companies 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.

A contracting team at your fingertip

If you’re considering a specialist permanent role at the moment, the talent pool is a little more shallow than usual with potential candidates 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. 

Give one of our contracting consultants a call today to ensure your organisation can continue to function at full capacity this Christmas.