Demand for Contractors Increasing in Wireless Telecommunications Industry

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Executive Recruiter Mike Zarnek discusses how contracting solves staffing challenges as the use of wireless devices grows.

Z Search Recruiting  Executive Recruiter and President Mike Zarnek

Mike Zarnek, Executive Recruiter and President of Z Search Recruiting

Contract staffing allows our clients to increase productivity without increasing overhead. Contract staffing is a practical management solution for covering peak workloads, extended absences, special projects, and more.

As the use of wireless devices explodes, contractors are helping solve the resulting staffing challenges in the wireless telecommunications industry.

According to CTIA, the International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry, more than 3.8 million Americans are employed in this sector, accounting for 2.6% of all U.S. employment. The association predicted in its Wireless Industry Overview that wireless broadband investment would create as many as 205,000 jobs in the United States by 2015.

“Wireless providers are working feverishly to expand their network capacity, and the proliferation of smart phones, iPads, video conferencing, etc., are driving that demand in all sectors,” said Z Search Recruiting Executive Recruiter and President Mike Zarnek.

Companies in the wireless telecommunications industry are struggling to find qualified people who have specific technical expertise in the industry to address that demand. But at the same time, they are not ready to commit to direct hires. Contract staffing is a great solution, said Zarnek, who has been recruiting in the industry for over 30 years. In fact, Zarnek has noticed a “definite increase” in client requests for contractors.

“Contract staffing allows our clients to increase productivity without increasing overhead,” said Zarnek. “Contract staffing is a practical management solution for covering peak workloads, extended absences, special projects, and more. Employees are the foundation of any successful organization while also being an expense. Using contractors in certain situations shifts a fixed expense to a variable expense that can be increased or decreased based upon business needs.”

Z Search Recruiting provides direct hire and contract staffing solutions to the entire wireless industry including the Wireless Carrier Market, RF, Microwave, DAS, Mobile Content, Mobile Advertising, 4G Infrastructure Providers, Mobile Handheld Device Manufacturers, LTE Infrastructure Providers, Network Monitoring and Optimization Services, Public Safety Communications, Antenna Design Firms, Wireless Test and Measurement Services. As president of Z Search Recruiting, Zarnek believes there is great value in the business relationships that are built over time and personally gets involved in each placement. He can be reached at (847) 867-9309 or mike@zsearchusa.com

The firm utilizes the contract staffing back-office services of Top Echelon Contracting (TEC) for its contract staffing placements. Top Echelon Contracting President Debbie Fledderjohann has worked with Zarnek since 1996. Together they have placed 729 contractors in this niche. Zarnek's firm functions as the front-office and deals directly with matching the candidate to the job order. Fledderjohann's company functions as the "back-office" and handles all the financial, legal, and administrative tasks since Top Echelon Contracting becomes the legal employer for the contractors.

"Mike Zarnek is an expert in his field, and I appreciate his personal attention to every contract placement he has run through our back-office service,” Fledderjohann said. “He is so knowledgeable and has made it a priority to know what the needs and demands are in this continually-changing, technology-driven niche.”

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