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What is the difference between contract and permanent recruitment?

What is the difference between Contract and Permanent recruitment?


There are two types of recruitment we deal with, Contract and Permanent (or Perm). It can all get a bit confusing to someone who doesn’t know the difference – luckily, we’re here to tell you…

The main difference between contract and permanent recruitment lies in the nature and duration of employment. Here's a breakdown of the two:

1.    Permanent Recruitment:

·     In permanent recruitment, employers seek to hire individuals for long-term, ongoing positions within their organisation.

·     Permanent employees are typically hired on a permanent basis and are expected to work for an indefinite period.

·     Permanent positions are well-suited for roles that require continuity, stability, and long-term commitment, such as managerial positions, core staff, or specialized roles within a company.

Interview taking place with a new candidate
Interviewing for a new position

2.    Contract Recruitment:

·     Contract recruitment involves hiring individuals for a specific project, a fixed-term assignment, or a predetermined duration of time.

·     Contract employees work for a defined period, which could range from a few weeks to several months or even years, depending on the nature of the project.

·     Contract employees are often hired to fulfil temporary or seasonal demands, to cover for employee absences, or to bring in specialised skills or expertise.

·     Contract employees are typically paid on an hourly or daily basis.

·     Contract positions offer flexibility for both employers and employees. Employers can adjust their workforce based on project requirements, and employees can gain diverse experience by working on various assignments.


That’s it.

Hopefully you will now be clued up on the differences between contract and permanent recruitment.

Give us a call on 0151 315 0050 if you're looking to fill that all important vacancy or you are looking for a new role.

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