For some of you, this might be the first time you heard of IT Detachering or any form of secondment in jobs and employment. Generally, a secondment means an employee or even group of employees gets assigned to work for a ‘host’ organization during a certain period; they can work for another organization, a host or even a different department in the business. When the temporary period or secondment term ends the said employees are to return to the original employer. IT secondment is common with analyst programmers, project managers, technical support, system analysts and technical consultants.
IT secondment can occur due to various reasons, but below are some of the most common reasons why employers decide to plan the secondment:
- To further develop the career of their employee or group of employees.
- In order to avoid redundancies in certain cases.
- To enable the employees to remain with the initial employer, by doing so it prevents any breach in agreement and the employee retains their benefits like the pension schemes.
- Is a potential cover for short term absences.
- Offers the employee a chance to work on varying short term projects.
- Offers a chance for the employees to learn new skills and add experiences to their repertoire.
IT secondment or just about any secondment can be done internally when the organization they work for is large, they can be handed to a whole different section in the company. Internal secondments require a lot less paperwork and can be done informally compared to when the secondment involves an external company.
Problems tend to arise when the duties of the employee on secondment is concerned; this will involve a shift in their managers, workplace, wages and addition expenses that might be incurred during the secondment term.