Why Freelance Field Engineers Are in Demand

11/23/2016 01:28 pm ET Updated Nov 24, 2017

According to the World Bank, online outsourcing offers the global economy tons of opportunity. Those countries that can maximize the full capabilities of internet platforms stand to benefit the most.

Clearly, freelancing is the wave of the future. According to Malik Zakaria, the founder of Field Engineer, an on-demand global talent pool of telecom engineers, this trend is because businesses can "outsource jobs at a fraction of the cost," while self-employed workers can choose projects that "work with their schedules" and meet "their desired rates of pay."

Overall, that's a win-win for everyone involved. As companies become more comfortable with outsourcing labor tasks, more freelancers and staffing firms will crop up to meet the need.

This is already happening in the world of telecom field engineering. Here's why.

1. Field engineering is naturally mobile.


Telecom field engineers are typically sent to the client's site to perform tasks, which requires mobility. Since such tasks aren't consistent and frequently require workers to travel, it makes sense that telecom field engineers would move toward freelancing.

Chandrika Pasricha, an entrepreneur and management consultant, states that being able to hire telecom field engineers on a contractual basis simply makes sense in today's world. Pasricha says that this enables you to "take professionals for short bursts who do the job without adding to the company's permanent costs."

So, not only does work in this sector necessitate incredible flexibility, it also means companies must be able to access skilled workers from around the globe -- because there will be times when certain tasks can't be filled by the regular team.

2. Freelance field engineering is cost-effective.


To compete in today's super-competitive market, you have to keep prices reasonable. Skilled labor is one of the biggest expenses involved in the installation and maintenance of communications infrastructure.

For example, the average salary of a field engineer in the United States is more than $60,000 (plus benefits). By having access to skilled telecom field engineers in a freelance marketplace, such as Field Engineer, companies can save on labor -- without having to make sacrifices on the quality of work.

By hiring freelance telecom field engineers, you can scale sudden hiring needs and not have to spend a lot of money and time to procure talent. Businesses reduce expenses by engaging freelance engineers and pay only when they perform execute projects for you. That equals much lower labor costs overall, because you'll only be paying the engineers when work is being done. This can increase the bottom line and/or be passed onto the consumer.

3. Businesses get access to great freelance field engineering talent.


Many businesses may remain hesitant to call on freelance telecom engineers to handle assignments. This is largely due to fear of the quality of work they'll provide or concerns that they will be unreliable. Know that there is no reason to hold such fears.

Considering that the market size of the online freelance industry has reached $4.4 billion, it's clear that plenty of great telecom engineers have chosen the self-employment route. The key for companies is in using the right resources to find that talent.

To find qualified contract field engineers, you need to find a reliable platform or service. But you don't just want to use any freelance platform, as many are very broad and don't offer the specialization you need. Ideally, you want to use a cloud-based platform that directly focuses on field engineering. Such a resource will provide the customization, speed, and flexibility you require.

When choosing a freelance field engineering platform to use, look for applications that can filter candidates based on location and qualifications. You should also be able to review past work experience and view customer testimonials. Once you find the right candidate, the service should facilitate a contract agreement, and be ready to help with any confusion or disputes.

Also, note the amount of automation on the platform you're using. You don't want to waste time on tedious tasks that technology can handle. Systems that automate tax forms, timesheets, and payments can save your business even more time and resources.
In the end, such services should allow you to cut costs, stay agile and ultimately delight customers. That's precisely what you need to build a sustainable telecom business.