When you’re employed as a contract to hire basis, you and your employer each get to test each other other. If your performance meets expectations, you may be offered permanent employment. You also get to test out the position to see if the company is one where you’d enjoy working for the long-term. This is a great chance for you to experience the company culture, see who you’ll be working with, and learn firsthand what opportunities for growth there may be.
Of course, during the time before you’re hire, you would still be working for the temporary agency. As such, you wouldn’t be considered an employee of the company, and likely won’t qualify for benefits. In addition, your date of hire probably won’t be official until your contract to hire date expires. This may affect your future dates for raises and benefits at the company.
A direct placement situation means you start working for the company right away. From day one, you’ll be considered a team member, and your hire date is the same as your start date. Right away, you’ll be accruing the time necessary to qualify for company benefits. Your position is permanent, and your future employment is secured.
The drawback of direct placement is that there is no test period. Once you accept the direct placement, you begin working as an employee, and as such may be required to sign an employment contract guaranteeing that you’ll stay for a minimum length of time.
GreyMattersIT offers both contact to hire and direct placement opportunities to IT professionals looking for technology jobs. No matter which type of employment option you’re looking for, you’ll find it at GreyMattersIT.