Part-Time vs Full-Time: pros and cons of employment

Tips from the IT recruitment agency Lucky Hunter
Part-time employment has long become one of the notable trends in the IT engineering market. What are the advantages of part-time, what should you pay attention to, and in which cases is it better to choose full-time? Our IT recruitment agency, Lucky Hunter, explains this in a new article.

Part-Time IT Recruitment

Many talented IT specialists are looking for ways to increase their income, making them more open to considering part-time work. It presents an advantage for employers seeking to fill positions. By offering part-time roles, you can attract highly qualified individuals who might not be available for full-time commitments.

Additionally, companies may need to expand their teams but don’t have enough tasks to justify a full-time hire. The work might also be project-based, requiring a specialist only for the project duration. In these cases, hiring a part-time specialist is a more cost-effective solution.

Before making a decision, estimate the workload and plan the required hours. Usually, there is no one-size-fits-all solution — working hours depend on individual cases.
We successfully found a senior front-end developer for an American company. The developer joined the client’s project for 20 hours a week. For more details, check our case study.

What aspects are crucial for both employers and candidates when recruiting IT professionals?

The primary consideration is the formalisation of the employment relationship. Typically, companies collaborate with IT specialists through civil law contracts (including freelancers) or individual entrepreneur agreements. It’s important to note that employers rarely offer labour code registration for part-time positions. We’ll discuss this further in the next section.

This collaboration has several key aspects:
  • 1
    Taxes
    The specialist is responsible for paying their taxes.
  • 2
    Contract Termination
    When working under a contract (particularly for remote work with a foreign company), unlike Labour Code registration, the employer can terminate the agreement with one day’s notice and without severance pay.
  • 3
    No Benefits
    Unlike Labour Code registration, this contract doesn’t provide benefits like paid sick leave or vacation time.

Full-Time IT Recruitment

Full-time refers to a full-time job, typically around 8 hours a day. When a position requires consistent work to handle numerous tasks and requires a regular professional, it makes sense to hire full-time employees.

Considerations of Full-Time Hiring:

  • 1
    Competition
    Finding experienced full-time IT talent can be more challenging, particularly in Eastern Europe. These countries still favour candidates, leading to high competition for skilled professionals.
  • 2
    Contract vs. Labour Code
    Full-time employment can be established through contracts (with freelancers or individual entrepreneurs) or labour code registration. It is one of the most common forms of employment.

    While there may be certain risks for employers in full-time arrangements, these typically arise from employee performance issues. For instance, terminating an underperforming full-time employee, even with documented violations, can be more complex: it often requires extensive documentation and proof of the employee’s shortcomings.
In general, both forms of employment have their pros and cons, which candidates and companies should consider. Employers should evaluate each position individually to determine the best option based on the specifics of the job opening. Part-time hiring can be a better solution for tackling temporary projects or lighter workload. For ongoing high-volume workloads, a full-time hire is typically the better option.

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