With rising costs, "virtual" and "outsourcing" are the buzz words of the 21st ce

When people think about employing staff, they think initially about finding the right person. What qualifications do they have? What experience do they have? What is the role being offered? Then they will think about what sort of salary they are prepared to offer.

However, there's so much more to consider when employing staff. As well as the salary, an employer will have to pay for office equipment, desk floor space, National Insurance contributions, insurance, holiday and sick pay and associated administration costs. There may also be other benefits, such as pension contributions, health plans and car parking or travel allowances. Then there are the recruitment and training costs. All of these things add up to a massive 40% of salary. It is little wonder therefore that employers are cautious before recruiting and even looking for ways to reduce headcount.

Many companies are now turning to outsourced resources, which they can tap into as and when they need them. The resource can cover so many different areas: IT, marketing, legal or administrative to name but a few. There are significant savings because they are only paying for what they need. They are also likely to find a highly qualified, appropriate person for the job in hand. They can also be sure of commitment and speed from the virtual worker, because for the virtual worker, it is their own business and their reputation at stake.


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