Sometimes the problems companies need solving are really important, but they don’t necessarily have the manpower to focus on them. Companies still have to focus on their day-to-day operations, after all, and new projects typically require looking at employees’ core job responsibilities. Recruiting new employees to fill these gaps doesn’t always make sense either, seeing as many of these projects are one-offs or fixed term projects.
In instances like this, consultants basically serve as temporary, highly skilled employees. With the range of skills on offer, it is often cheaper than having to employ different people for their specific skills. By using consultants, companies don’t have to pull their employees away from their actual jobs.