In uncertain economic times, the flexibility and adaptability of a contingent workforce is a vital asset for businesses striving to manage a volatile business environment.  Utilising temporary, freelance, or contract workers allows companies to adjust their workforce needs in response to fluctuating demand, without the long-term financial commitments associated with permanent hires. 

In New Zealand, the need for a greater contingent workforce often ebbs and flows with the prevailing economic conditions. During periods of strong economic growth and stability, businesses typically have more confidence to invest in a permanent workforce, recognising the value of a long-term commitment to people and confidence to manage increasing fixed costs as they expand and thrive. 

However, when the economic landscape becomes uncertain or turbulent, businesses naturally seek flexibility to manage their cost base and maintain a robust balance sheet. In these conditions, the contingent workforce becomes an essential tool, allowing companies to adapt quickly to changing market conditions while still gaining access to expertise when needed for as long as they are needed.  

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How Randstad can help your business build and manage a contingent workforce

Understanding business needs

At Randstad, we begin with an in-depth understanding of your business goals, culture and any  specific project requirements. This ensures that the contingent workers we search for and present to you align with your overall business strategy.

Sourcing talent

We employ our TrueFit® methodology to source the best-fit talent, ranging from temporary employees to freelancers. This approach allows us to evaluate a potential worker's skills, experience and cultural alignment.

Payroll management

Managing the payrolling of contingent workers can be a complex and time-consuming task for businesses. This includes not only the calculation and disbursement of pay but also the compliance with various tax regulations and labour laws. Randstad will take care of this intricate process, through our expertise and established systems. Randstad’s experience in contingent workforce management ensures that contingent workers are paid accurately and on time, while also managing all related legal and tax obligations, allowing your business to focus on your core operations and strategic goals.

Ongoing support and management

Beyond recruitment, we can offer support in onboarding, training, and continuous contingent workforce management of your temporary, contract or freelance employees. Our tailored approach ensures we can support you to seamlessly integrate contingent workers into your existing team.

The benefits of a contingent workforce with Randstad

  • Scalability: adapt to business needs, scaling up or down with ease.
  • Specialised expertise: access a diverse pool of specialised skills for specific projects.
  • Cost savings: optimise budget by paying only for the expertise you need.
  • Agility: respond quickly to market changes and business opportunities.
  • Cultural alignment: Our TrueFit® methodology ensures that contingent workers are a perfect match for your organisational culture.
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embracing a contingent workforce: a partnership with Randstad

Partnering with Randstad to help you secure temporary, contract or freelance talent is more than just filling vacancies. It's about crafting a workforce strategy that's dynamic, responsive, and human-centric. From sourcing the right talent to continuous engagement and support, we are your strategic talent partner in providing you with the talent you need with the flexibility you need and facilitate your contingent workforce management.

A contingent workforce offers immense benefits, and it's a strategy that requires expert handling. Randstad is dedicated to shaping the future of work in New Zealand, helping businesses tap into the potential of a flexible, responsive, and specialised workforce.

Remember, contingent work also offers benefits to those who may choose to be a contractor or freelancer. Contingent work offers individuals flexibility, autonomy, and the ability to choose work assignments that align with their interests and goals. It can enable a better work-life balance, allow exploration of different industries and roles, and can serve as a pathway to permanent employment. This appeals to a diverse range of people, including recent graduates and those approaching retirement or who have retired. Randstad understands these unique needs and works to match individuals with the right opportunities to suit their needs.

Ready to explore what a contingent workforce can do for you? Connect with Randstad today, and let us help you build a workforce that's tailored to your business's unique needs.

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