Are you Aware of the Types of Engineering Employment Available?

By Adam Muir


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There are basically three common types of employment: Contract, Temp to Hire and Direct Hire.  Each has its own advantages. Depending on your situation, opening yourself up to the idea of temp or temp to hire may be your ticket to a fulfilling career opportunity.


Contracts are typically six to twelve months and can be extended.  Most people don’t work contracts because they don’t understand the benefits.  Consider this: 

  • You get paid more money instead of getting the traditional benefits of working direct.

  • Because you get paid on an hourly basis, you get paid for working overtime instead of salary.    

  • Working contracts is the best way to build your engineering foundation.  It keeps skills relevant and buyable.  

  • The hiring process moves fast!


Temp to Hire is very similar to the contract option in that the employee is hired for a specified amount of time. Companies are holding on to good help right now due to unemployment, so there is a possibility you could be hired as a permanent employee after the contract is up!  Companies may even buy out your contract if they want you before your 6-12 month contract has expired. If you convert from a temp/contractor, you typically have a better chance at negotiating a higher salary than you would if you started out as a permanent employee because you have proven what you can do.

Direct hire opportunities are the most well known.  With the direct hire option you are immediately eligible for benefits and insurance.  As these jobs are the most sought after you could see delays in the hiring process. It is important to remember that every job is at-will employment and you can be let go at any time.  If you are only considering Direct hire opportunities because they are the “safest,” you should think again. 


E91 recruiters can tell you more about all three and check for openings.