3 Ways to Supercharge the Tech Industry with Contingent Workers

Posted by Tara Jones

4/6/16 9:00 AM

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What does it take for a tech company to be successful? It needs to be on the cutting edge of innovation, providing their customer base with the devices and applications to meet their needs. More importantly, the company needs to be able to produce these devices as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, without sacrificing quality. A simple and standardized production process with employees on all levels that are well trained in what they do is a must. This is why more and more tech companies are relying on contingent workers.

Using a contingent workforce, employed through a staffing agency cuts down on the time and resources that a tech company spends finding qualified people to fill each available position. The company provides the agency with the criteria they’re looking for, and the agency locates employees with the necessary experience and qualifications to fill the position. Here are some of the ways that tech companies are making use of contingent employees to increase revenue and improve their bottom line.

1. Product Assembly

One of the biggest tech and electronics manufacturers in the world uses contingent workers on their assembly lines. The products they make include some of the most recognizable devices in around the world and some of the biggest innovators. Putting together these devices—or putting together the components in these devices—is an intricate process.

Product assembly is probably the most common use for contingent employees in tech. An agency finds workers with the necessary skills and experience to assemble the products at hand. A basic, standardized training program then gets them up to speed on the specific tasks they’re expected to perform. This allows new workers to step in quickly when someone is absent, or when they leave the company. These specialized employees and standardized training and production processes, allow tech companies to maintain a consistent production speed and quality level, even on products with more intricate designs. 

2. Skilled Labor Positions

There’s more to tech industry manufacturing than putting devices together on an assembly line. Many jobs require more skill and expertise than that, such as engineering expertise, or general tech savvy. They need people who can understand and identify problems with the tech being produced, and fix devices when they break—as well as a variety of other skilled labor jobs throughout the company.

Can these skilled labor positions be filled by contingent workers? Many tech companies are finding out that that’s the best way to fill them. The staffing agency vets candidates for the position ahead of time, and can determine who has the necessary skills and background for the positions available, just like they do with assembly line workers. They can also perform personality tests to see if a candidate will be a good fit for the company and work well within their environment. Using contingent workers for these positions increases efficiency and saves a huge amount of money and resources that would otherwise be spent tracking down the right candidate for the position.

3. Product Testing

Assembly isn’t the only area that employs contingent workforces. Many tech companies utilize this type of workforce for product testing. It’s important to know, before sending a product out to the public, that it meets certain quality standards. The product must look the way it should, function the way it should, and stand up to reasonable wear and tear. 

Therefore, testers are needed to ensure that quality level. By having a dedicated team of testers on hand that can put a given product through the paces, it saves the company from having to pull workers from other jobs and tasks within the company to perform these tests. Testing ensures each product will meet its given standards before being released to the public, without sacrificing time and labor on other fronts.

Using contingent workers allows tech companies to standardize their rates and budget labor costs more effectively. Companies are relying more and more on a contingent workforce for a variety of jobs and positions. By increasing productivity and saving time and resources, using a contingent workforce can help keep you on the cutting edge of technological innovation.

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