Contractors sneaked in via the stationery cupboard

A number of UK companies have reportedly been getting around tight recruitment budgets by hiring staff with money intended for stationery and other office 'essentials'.

A number of UK Companies have reportedly been getting around tight recruitment budgets by hiring staff with money intended for stationery and other office 'essentials'.

While the money hasn't always been available for temporary staff and contractors during widespread recruitment freezes many companies have found a way to raise a little extra cash for necessary skills and staff when needed, according to IT services firm Parity.

The desperation associated with such redistribution of funds within the enterprise is almost the workplace equivalent of checking down the back of the sofa for coins to feed the parking meter.

And such a random approach to hiring isn't good news for contractors. After all, claims Joe Kelly, managing director of Parity, if a company is paying you out of the stationery budget then it's unlikely to turn out to be a long-term prospect.

Departments in charge of their own expenses, who choose to bring in staff rather than spend on travel, stationery or other incidental costs, may think they are being masters of their own budget but bypassing the HR department can also throw up tricky legal issues.

Kelly added: "We came across one team that had employed over 100 contractors and succeeded in bypassing the HR department completely."

"His finance team must think he uses an awful lot of paper and pens," he added.

This story first appeared on Silicon.com