1099 workers are helping as businesses reopen

Here’s how contract workers can affect everything from cost to company culture to productivity and more.

To hire, or not to hire? As COVID starts to wind down and unemployment sits above 6%, whether to hire isn’t as much of a question as whom to hire. Many employers are struggling to fill vacancies, and as a result, they’re getting more creative about filling certain tasks. One option is to hire a 1099 contract worker instead of a regular employee. Let’s look at some of the advantages and downsides of using contract workers as part of your hiring strategy.

At Jobility.com we match businesses with both 1099 and Full or Part Time workers and there are benefits to both. There is currently a definite shift toward 1099 (or Gig workers as we call them) as businesses need to expand and find good workers fast, especially in Food & Beverage and Light Industrial markets. Are 1099 workers a solution for you? Read on for more information to help you decide. 

Pro: No Hard Commitment

Want to try out a worker before you hire them? Only need a short-term solution? A 1099 worker might be right for you. Contractors usually have start and end dates and don’t qualify for unemployment if they “don’t work out.” If your needs vary, you can use contractors to fill shifts as needed with no additional commitment.

Pro: More Cost-Effective

When you add in salary, benefits, employment taxes, ongoing training, and other job perks, the costs start to mount. Hiring a contractor, even at a higher hourly rate, can be more cost-effective in the short and long term. You pay only for the hours worked or jobs finished, nothing more. 

Need W2 workers but don’t want the above mentioned costs of hiring? You can post at W2 Gig on Jobility.com to to select a W2 employee of Jobility to fill your temporary needs.

Pro and Con: Availability

Contractor availability can be a good or bad thing, depending on how you look at it. On the plus side, many contractors have flexible schedules and can sometimes accommodate last-minute requests or needs. On the downside, they also have more than one client and may not always be available when you need them. Availability can be a hit or miss, which is why you might want to think about hiring more than one contractor for an opening.

Con: Low Impact on Company Culture

If you’re looking to bring someone in that will advocate for your brand or organization, live your corporate values, and engage in all your team outings, a contractor might not be your best fit. Contractors are invested in their own success as well as yours. But at the end of the shift, they also know that they have no long-term plans to remain with your company. 

It’s also highly likely that your contractors are working for multiple organizations, and being an ingrained part of them all can be challenging.

Either way, whether you decide you need 1099, 1099 W2, or Full / Part-Time, Jobility is a great resource to find qualified, vetted workers quickly and inexpensively. Log on today at https://hirer.jobility.com/ to see how we can help you fill your next roles.