Contract Staffing: The Food & Beverage Manufacturing Industry

The decision of whether to hire permanent or contract specialists in the food and beverage manufacturing sector depends on the needs of each company and may also be based on seasonal workloads. Contract staffing is generally viewed as a more flexible approach, suitable for solving workforce shortages and filling key roles for a short period of time, usually a few months or longer.

More than a quarter of candidate survey respondents were in permanent roles.

W-2 employee perks help attract workers in a competitive labor market.

Contract working is less risky for employers, as they do not have to commit to pay an annual salary. And this 'just in time' style of work often suits candidates too, as they tend to have higher wages than full-time staff. Under Progressive's Employed Contractor Model (ECM), we remove much of the administrative burden around issues such
as insurance and payroll for our clients. ECM talent become W-2 employees - employed by us rather than the client. They can enjoy benefits such as medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, health savings account (HSA), paid time off, and a 401(k) retirement plan.

Such perks help to attract workers in a competitive labor market. This means companies can get highly skilled contractors in place quickly to bolster their existing workforce.

“Our Employed Contractor Model means we take on a lot of the burden of behavior and also eradicate any risk of misclassifications, which can result in huge class-action lawsuits and massive financial losses.”

Mariana Lopez, Manufacturing Team Manager at Progressive

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About Progressive Recruitment

Progressive supports businesses across the power and utilities, renewable energy, manufacturing, and oil and gas sectors by providing comprehensive staffing solutions that add value. We specialize in talent across engineering, construction, and project management. We secured 1,100 placements across contract and permanent hires in 2021. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Progressive has grown market share and generated over $75m in revenue in 2021.

Progressive is part of Specialist Staffing Group, the only global pure-play STEM specialist recruitment company. For seven years in a row, Progressive has made the Staffing Industry Analysts' (SIA) list of the largest engineering staffing firms in the U.S. - ranking number 13 in the most recently published list.