Traditional Employment vs. Staff Augmentation

What You Need to Know About Staff Augmentation

At its most basic form, staff augmentation is when companies add to their existing teams based on the needed skills required to support the company’s initiatives. 

You may be familiar with the terms contracting, staffing, contingent workers, even temporary employment. All fall under the umbrella known as staff augmentation.

Employment service iHire noted that staff augmentation "…signifies a fundamental shift in the employment landscape that workers of all ages should take into consideration as they plan their next career moves. In previous decades, a professional history dotted with temporary stints or contract positions might set off alarm bells for HR reps and hiring managers. That is no longer the case.”

Here are some flexible benefits that a non-traditional employment avenue like staff augmentation can provide:

  • The consultant can be placed on a specific project or in a long-term model where they work as an extension of a company’s own full-time employees.
  • The duration can be short term in nature (generally 12 months or less), may be subject to tenure limits (ranging from 18 months to 36 months), or may be open-ended with no specific time frame.
  • The vast majority of staff augmentation roles involve the company’s ability to convert the consultant to full-time employment. This is also known as right to hire, which allows both parties the opportunity to make sure there is a mutual fit for long-term employment.
    • Companies are not obligated to extend an offer to the consultant.
    • Consultants are not obligated to accept a full-time position should it be offered.

“It’s hard to find a good candidate; someone who is both a skill and culture match. Companies will utilize a firm like TDK to find top talent and bring them on under a right to hire arrangement. It gives both the candidate and the hiring firm the opportunity to make sure it’s a good match before making that commitment.”

Long-Term or Short-Term: Whatever Gives You Peace of Mind

Whether you’re looking for longevity at one company or the ability to move around and frequently change the organizations you work with, staff augmentation can be a mutually beneficial way of business.  

“We have a consultant who has been at one of our clients for seven years. He’ll probably be there for another seven. And he’ll probably never be a permanent employee, because they limit the number of full-time employees.”

As an employee, when we think about stability within staff augmentation, our thoughts gravitate towards peace of mind.

  • Peace of mind knowing a job will be there in the morning, and the morning after.
  • Peace of mind that every other week your bank account will grow that much more.
  • Peace of mind realizing that if there’s a new opportunity, you can pursue it on your terms. 

Ultimately, there are three major questions to consider when defining your stability in the IT industry.

  • Do you have a skill that is in demand and are you good at it?
  • Are you good at what you do, and do you get along with your co-workers?
  • What is the financial viability of the company and the duration of the role?


To Recap

The next time you consider new opportunities, keep an open mind regarding the various options and forms of employment. Amazing career opportunities come in all shapes and sizes in today’s ever-changing landscape. 

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