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Revisiting the Value of Interim Consultants and Contractors in Today’s Life Science Talent Market

When a short-term project arises, or a personnel gap needs to be filled temporarily, most hiring managers are comfortable calling on consultants and independent contractors to augment their staff.

But filling permanent roles with full-time employees (FTEs)—especially when those roles are complex and new to the company—isn’t so simple. As top talent becomes scarcer and roles become less familiar and more complicated, the traditionally slow and arduous FTE recruitment process can (and often does) end up getting in its own way.

These hiring challenges have breathed new life into interim full-time contracting, a model that’s by no means new, but worth revisiting given how well it’s suited to address these concerns. As most professionals involved in hiring decisions already know, interim full-time contractors provide a way to rapidly access the competencies a company needs to keep work moving.

What’s often not top-of-mind, however, is how this model can be used to address some of the challenges of hiring into permanent full-time positions; namely by allowing the employer to refine the job description for an eventual permanent role while an interim contractor or team of contractors tackles the project work immediately.

In this guide, you'll learn:

  • The full value of interim consultants and contractors in today's labor environment
  • Why interim strategies are so advantageous in the life sciences
  • Two specific workforce problems solved by a smart interim strategy
  • ...and more

This guide offers valuable insights for all professional levels in the regulated life science industries—from company and functional leadership to frontline technicians and specialists.

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