Why hire a consultant?
- Top notch expertise and experience;
- Instant productivity;
- Reduced operational expenses from avoiding long-term payroll and benefits expenses;
Consultants have a reputation to maintain, whereas an employee developer has an
incentive to create future job security by writing overcomplicated and sloppy code;
A consultant can be dismissed with minimal notice. It is not uncommon for
under-performing employees to be kept on the payroll for
multiple months, throughout various stages of probation,
to minimize the potential for an employee-filed lawsuit.
The resulting cost to the company can be quite substantial.
When making the in-house employee vs. consultant cost-based hiring decision, it’s
critically important to properly account for all the hidden costs per employee
and costs per consultant involved to make a sound business decision.
When correctly calculating all direct, indirect and infrastructure costs for
an employee, hiring a consultant may turn out to be cheaper.