consultant is a business or technical professional that
is hired on contract to accomplish a specific task for
a company in that consultant’s area of expertise.
Companies hire consultants for jobs that are outside
that company’s main area of focus. Over the last
decade, the use of consultants and contract workers
has grown dramatically in the United States. Companies
like Microsoft have over 7,000 contract consultants
working for them at any given time. In the United States
there are about 3 million contract employees working.
Client companies generally cannot hire consultants directly.
Instead, they must hire them trough consulting firms
like MCC, Ajilon, Anderson Consulting, Manpower, etc.
These consulting firms handle all the recruiting and
manage all the benefits and payroll of the employee.
Industry Trends: Outsourcing is a trend that
is here to stay. Companies and government are beginning
to outsource entire departments of their company to
other firms to manage. Companies are choosing to focus
on what they do best (their core competency) and hire
other companies to manage the other functions of their
business. General Motors outsources its entire information
technology to EDS. The contracting market benefits both
the consultant and the client company. For the client,
it gives them the ability to adapt quickly to changing
technologies by being able to put together quickly consultant
teams that will get the job done. For the consultant,
it offers the opportunity to work with the latest technologies
in a variety of challenging.