How and When to Hire Contingent Truck Drivers
Contingent workers, more commonly known as independent contractors, can be the perfect solution for companies with limited need, a tight budget, or a unique hiring situation that may not work for the typical full-time employee.
Why Hire a Contingent Trucker?
Contract employees aren’t right for every company or to fill every need. If you’re looking for someone to do regular runs, all year round, chances are you’d be better off with a full-time employee. But if you’re looking to fill specific runs, either not on a full-time basis or for a short period of time, hiring a contingent driver can be the perfect solution.
Contingent drivers often work for other companies throughout the year, meaning they’re experienced, good at adjusting to new situations, and well-versed on new and trending regulations or protocols. Contingent workers also excel at time management, because they have to manage multiple jobs and optimize their own time in order to make the most money.
The onboarding process for a contingent worker is also easier than with a traditional worker, because employers don’t have to cover things like Social Security taxes, health insurance benefits, unemployment insurance, and other standard employee benefits. Instead, contract employees handle all of these things for themselves. In exchange, they will typically charge 20-40 percent more than an ordinary employee, but the tradeoff is usually well worth it.
Things to Consider When Hiring a Contingent Trucker
Contractor often work for several companies at one time, or they work full-time for one company and moonlight as a contractor for one or two others. This can make scheduling difficult, particularly if you’re trying to set up initial interviews during regularly business hours. If you’re considering a contract employee, make sure you’re hiring team has some flexibility.
It is also important to be very specific with your time and workload requirements. Most contract employees will be fitting your job into an already packed schedule. If you plan on dramatically changing the workload or hour requirements, that won’t work for a typical contractor.
Small Risk, Big Benefits
Fortunately, hiring a contingent trucker requires very little risk. You don’t have the big up-front cost of a traditional employee, and if you’re not satisfied with their performance, you can easily make a change. On the other hand, if they turn out to be better than you expected, they might agree join your team full-time – or, at the very least, prioritize your work over their other projects.
If you need to increase your work force, contact your Contract Drivers Services representative today. We can help you decide whether a contingent truck driver is right for your business needs and help you find the best drivers for your company.