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From the text messages you send to the data you keep protected - IT personnel make this happen. So, let's dissect this industry and understand where external employees play a role!

The IT industry is the market of the future. Going 'digital' has already become the trend, as more and more services are taking the online road to remain relevant in their respective industries!   

Technological advancements occur every minute, and it is hard to stay in tune with it. To make sure that the processes and implementations are taken care of properly, specialists with a high level of knowledge, who understand the fickle & fundamental nature of technology are needed.  

Many IT-based companies have extremely high requirements, to keep up with international standards. But at the same time, companies are often not content with the applicants they get. This leads to tremendous hustle on the company's part, as they are forced to spend a lot of energy to seek and find the right employees who harbor the appropriate specialist knowledge. The classic solution in this case has always been the integration of external employees. 

And these are the four different shades of external recruitment in the IT industry:

Temporary Employment  

Temporary employees are the ones hired for a certain period for very specific tasks. Their role is prominent even in the technology sector in the form of technical support, help desk, or so-called floorwalkers.   

The qualifications required for temporary workers in the technical support department are different for various industries. For instance, in production, good technical understanding and good or very good IT skills are necessary if technical faults have to be corrected, and the company has to run smoothly.     

The processes in various companies are becoming more IT-centric, with an elaborate internal and external software, along with interface software from partner companies, databases run in the background, transformation systems that ensure clean data exchange, and also backups and updates that have to be carried out. That's exactly why the employees in the IT department are indispensable. As a company grows, the IT department also needs to grow with it.   

And the fact is that only a few of the medium to large companies hire permanent staff in their IT departments, and they are more inclined towards hiring temporary staff for support. This happens because some services are needed only for a certain time, for example when a new software system has been introduced, technical support will be required until the changeover is complete and all the permanent staff has learned how to work with the new system. 

So, temporary employment is a popular solution for companies on both a long-term and short-term basis. Keeping a supervising eye on a large number of external workforce is quite a task, and that is why companies often use suitable software to administer the workforce, or they handover the entire process to a service provider. 

Managed Services and On-Site Management

‘Managed Services’ include service providers who tackle the complete processes of a company. On a fundamental level, it is about hiring an entire team for a particular service. Such service providers usually base their work on packages, that they handle either from their respective base or on the site of the company. 

In the IT environment, managed services are usually required for niche projects. For example, for the development of new software to be used by a company or if a company wants to refurbish it's the corporate identity and also its website.

In such cases, no administrative work is involved. The team hired for this managed service just needs to be qualified and deliver what's needed. It's the job of the service provider to plan the project, take control over staff planning, constantly monitor it, and adjust it if necessary. Besides, they are also responsible for all aspects of accounting.  

Project team members  

However, a company does not always give an entire project to its service provider as a 'Managed Services' contract. Sometimes, it is enough for one or two employees to support an IT project. 

If an IT department or a specific project team already exists but lacks one or a few members with specific expertise, an employee can be purchased for a short phase for such point assignments. 

Currently, there are a lot of project service providers who specialize in the IT Industry. And they either offer managed services or provide individual employees, according to the company's desire.

Freelancer

'Freelance' may be a word you are already well-acquainted with, but what you didn't know is that companies and businesses obtain them regularly for their respective IT departments.

Freelancers usually work within a set time limit and have very concrete deliverables. It's on a 'gig' basis but allows them to turn towards a more permanent position within the company that they're freelancing for.

These sets of temp workers come in handy in solving or tackling a small or big part of a company's project. And they're one of the most common types of external workers in the IT industry.

The integration...

The demand for IT specialists is anticipated to increase further. And to keep up with the ever-changing colors of technology, an updated external workforce would be extensively needed.

It is not simply about recruiting external personnel, it is also about their maintenance. 

In order to efficiently integrate external employees into the IT sector, three things should be kept in mind - coordination between internal and external staff, management, and administration of scattered employees and their payrolls. 

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