The solution for this problem could be a contract engineer that will help your company only when you need it.
Let's take a look at the benefits an organization can get from a contract engineer:
- Contract engineers are ideal for companies that do not have the constant need for an additional engineer or are just starting out and are still unsure in the future of their business.
- The company can decide each time which contractor to hire acording to his skills and expertise.
- A contract engineer can concentrate on projects requirements and deadlines and provide better focus than house engineers, that are working on other ongoing projects.
- A new individual usually brings in a fresh way of thinking and could suggest solutions that may have been overlooked by the house engineers.
- A contract engineer brings in a new network of individuals and companies that could add value to the project.
- If engineer did not fulfill their expectations there is no need to hire him again.
- Entering an outsourcing partnership while under pressure is not ideal and can present hard times for both parties.
- Many companies do not value internal and external costs equally. Therefore, outside resources appear more expensive, although they may not be at the end.
- While outsourcing may be expensive, the payoff from product comming quicker to market can make it well worthwile.
- It is critical to define the project in as much written detail as possible. Not everything can be set up front. The better the definition the lower the costs.
- Make sure the contract engineer has the necessary resources to get the job done, such as software and project managemenet tools. It is risky to hire engineers without proper software licenses.