Among modern hiring practices, body leasing and team leasing occupy a strong place and are in steady demand. It is evidenced by the confident dynamics of this market, which is growing annually by about two percent worldwide.
Demand is high, and there are many offers – what to choose?
If you type “team leasing” into Google search, you’ll get hundreds of pages of links to leasing agency websites. Among them are wide-profiled companies ready to find and select specialists for the customer in any field and specialized development companies that lease their own employees. Which option should be chosen by a manager who urgently needs a team of specialists to complete a high-tech project quickly? The answer seems obvious, but let’s take a closer look at the arguments.
The body leasing and team leasing system imply that the specialists rented by the customer are officially registered to work in a leasing agency. Thus, the customer receives the workers he needs but pays not for their salary but the agency’s services.
It is clear that different customers may have very different needs for workers – from waitpeople and cooks at the height of the tourist season to supermarket clerks during the big sales period and harvesters in the summer and autumn. Demand for IT specialists is traditionally high. The experience of leasing teams of highly skilled developers shows that this approach can provide a 25 percent increase in efficiency for high-tech projects.
Naturally, each leasing agency has specific databases of specialists in various fields. At the customer’s request, it can quickly contact these people, employ them and lease them for a specified period. However, it is equally apparent that it is not feasible for a wide-profile agency to constantly keep a large number of employees on its staff, waiting for them to be requested.
The situation is different with companies that themselves develop software and other high-tech projects.
Such companies have already formed their time- and collaborative work-tested on complex tasks, teams that are busy working on their own projects. At the same time, the ratio of the number of employees and the volume of functions allows such a production structure to lease part of specialists. The benefits of this approach speak for themselves. If you need a team, such a company does not need to collect its members from different places and conduct work coordination. Such people already know each other and work together, which means that they can immediately start working on any complex task as a single organism, in which the roles of each participant are pre-distributed, and joint actions have long been agreed upon.
What unique team leasing services can a development company offer?
Since such a company not only leases its experienced employees but also has its own experience in creating high-tech projects, it is natural to expect additional organizational and consulting services from it. A deep understanding of various technological processes and our own experience in their implementation allow us to offer technical support and the implementation of modern solutions to improve teamwork efficiency, for example, DevOps. In addition, if the contract provides additional parameters for intermediate and final KPIs, this can also significantly increase the use of such a leased team.
These KPI parameters can be the following:
- End dates of individual stages of the project;
- End date of the entire project;
- The cost of individual elements of the project and the services of each of the team members at each specific stage;
- The cost of the entire project;
- The period and types of testing, as well as the deadlines for completing testing and submitting the release to the customer;
- Quality of work, such as specific code requirements.
At first glance, such deep detailing of KPI indicators may seem redundant, and some of the requirements from the list are self-evident and do not require additional fixation. However, such a scrupulous approach does not seem redundant if we recall such a common phenomenon as planning error. Psychologists have long discovered that almost every one of us tends to be overly optimistic about our options, whether it’s about finishing a home renovation or figuring out the cost and time to complete a project.
In the case when the cost of attracting a team of highly qualified specialists is already high, and the terms are limited, clear documentation of the listed indicators will not be superfluous. Just remember that besides the payment for the team’s services, you should also cover a commission to the leasing agency in the amount of five to twenty percent of the remuneration amount, and ask yourself whether you are ready for extra expenditures and terms prolongation.
By providing such indicators in the contract, you will insure against a situation when the leased developers will put you in front of a choice of what is preferable for you: increasing the budget, delivering a raw product, or increasing the time for its development.
Thus, having clearly and unambiguously distributed responsibility in advance, you will not find yourself a hostage to circumstances or other people’s mistakes.
The fact that you are dealing with a company that has its own experience in high-tech developments gives you apparent advantages. First, you have reason to expect the initial timing and pricing to be adequate (though perhaps not perfectly accurate). Secondly, suppose there is a threat of disruption of the stipulated conditions. In that case, the company will be able to provide the necessary requirements for compliance with all contract clauses free of charge and promptly.
Team leasing is quite expensive, but an effective way to get a high-quality product in a relatively short period of time. Turning to professionals with proven experience in such developments and carefully working through each clause of the contract with a leasing agency can save you from disappointments and unplanned expenses.