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The Differences Between Contract, Right to Hire, and Direct Placement Positions in Healthcare

When working with a staffing agency to get hired for a healthcare position, you may be wondering what the different employment types being offered to you mean.

While there may be some variations in how companies define these terms, below are brief explanations to help you get a better insight into what each one means so that you can easily begin your job search on our website.

  • Contract – This position is usually not a permanent one, and has a specific time frame of how long the company is looking to hire an employee. Contract work generally does not offer any benefits and is used as a way to cover a permanent employee’s leave of absence or to help complete a particular project. At HealthCare Support our contract positions are typically 3 months or more.
  • Right to Hire – Also known as temporary to permanent, this is when an employer would like to hire a full-time employee but does not want to commit to a permanent offer in the beginning. During the right to hire period, the employee is working for and being paid by the staffing firm after a pre-determined amount of hours on assignment the employer has the right to hire you on permanently.
  • Direct Placement – Direct placement positions are permanent from the start. A client will use the services of the staffing agency to find the talent and then hire them directly. This is different from the right to hire position, as it allows the candidate being offered a direct placement position to be added directly to the client company payroll and benefits.

Each position has its advantages, and it’s important to understand the differences so that you can make the best decision on which one to choose based on your employment needs.

If you have any further questions regarding how we match employees to healthcare positions, please contact HealthCare Support (HSS) by calling 1-888-219-6285. We understand the constant career searching challenges potential employees’ face, which is why we invite you to join our talent network to enhance your job search and application process.